RENO, Nev. -- An event this weekend in Reno is helping canines beat cancer.
The 12th annual Pepper-Sampson Memorial Classic is an agility trial benefiting the Morris Animal Foundation. The foundation helps dogs live longer, healthier lives.
Competitors come from all over the region to show off their skills. Some have even been recognized internationally.
Organizers started the event after losing a dog to cancer. Proceeds help fund canine lymphoma research. The disease is the number one cancer affecting dogs.
"If you have not been touched by cancer -- either a relative or a dog -- you will be," says event organizer Lin Battaglia. "So we have to be activists and we have to go out and do something about it and every dollar helps."
Over the years, they have raised more than $144-thousand for canine lymphoma research.