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Dr. Linda Sullivan Named Human Cancer Hero at 2017 Puppy Up Madison

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On May 7, Dr. Linda Sullivan was recognized as the 2017 Human Cancer Hero for Puppy Up Madison.

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"The Human Cancer Hero is a person who has overcome extraordinary odds or challenges, or are an inspiration to the Puppy Up committee," says Dr. Kai Biu Shiu, Puppy Up Madison co-founder.

Along with a Human Cancer Hero, a Canine Cancer Hero is also selected by the Puppy Up Madison committee.
Beth Viney, Puppy Up Madison co-founder, and Ann Lippincott, Puppy Up Madison committee member, nominated Dr. Sullivan.

She was selected with a unanimous vote from the committee.
"Dr. Sullivan is a fighter," says Viney. "She is a true hero for driving down this horrible road of cancer with dignity, pride and humility."

Viney has known Dr. Sullivan since the 1990's when she participated in the Dog Jog, which was organized by Dr. Sullivan. In 2005, Viney's dog Czar joined the ranks of the Pet Pals program, an animal therapy program at the UW Children's Hospital. Dr. Sullivan helped found Pet Pals with Drs. Chris Olsen and Linda Teeter over 20 years ago and remains chair of the program.

"Dr. Sullivan has been a tremendous role model, teacher, community advocate and inspiration to me for many years," says Viney.

As the 2017 Hero, Dr. Sullivan attended two media appearances to talk about her cancer, and was officially recognized at the Puppy Up Madison event.

"Being recognized as the 2017 Human Cancer Hero has given me the platform to recognize my heroes in the fight against cancer," says Dr. Sullivan.

Her heroes include her schnauzer, Niles Newton, family, friends and the dedicated veterinarians and technicians at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Emergency Services and community practices who help companion animals fight cancer.

"I know how talented and compassionate they are, many of these heroes were my students," reflected Dr. Sullivan.

Dr. Sullivan's heroes also include physicians and nurses who treat cancer patients, human and veterinarian cancer researchers, Puppy Up Madison and her human and canine friends at Pet Pals.

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"There are a lot of heroes in my life," she says. "I am grateful for them all."

Puppy Up Madison is one of 30 walks around the country raising money toward cancer research that explores the links between human and canine cancer. The Madison walk is the largest cancer walk in the country with over $500,000 raised since being founded four years ago. Dr. Sullivan has been a committee member since its founding.

A 1987 graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Linda Sullivan practiced small animal medicine for three years before returning to the school as a clinical instructor with the
Department of Pathobiological Sciences. She has been a member of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association since 1991 and has served on numerous committees


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