American Cancer Society Plans Unique Fundraiser for Dogs, Owners

By: American Cancer Society Last Updated: May 16, 2012

Running-DogSo often dogs help people through their darkest hours, whether it is guiding the blind, watching over the young, or supporting those who are sick – those with cancer. Area canines, with owners in tow, take to the track this summer as part of the American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life event to dig up a cure for cancer.

Bark For Life adds a twist to the Society’s traditional Relay For Life, serving as a fundraising activity to honor the care-giving qualities of canine companions while supporting the mission of the American Cancer Society.

This noncompetitive walk is planned for June 2, 2012 at Canine Country Club and will include an opening ceremony at 10:00am. The walk will take place from 10:00am-12:00pm and open play from 12:00pm-3:00pm. A Dachshund Derby will take place at 2:00pm. The event registration fee is $10 for the first dog and $5 for each additional dog per family unit. A Bark For Life bandana is included in the registration fee. Be sure to pre-register to guarantee your dog(s) receive a bandana since they will be given out on a first come, first served basis.

Bark-for-LifeDogs are more than just best friends. Nearly half of pet owners consider their dogs a part of their family,” said Elizabeth Manning, American Cancer Society Community Rep. “Bark For Life is the canine counterpart to Relay For Life, a very family friendly movement. Cancer patients often receive a great source of comfort from their pet during their cancer journey. This event celebrates our canine caregivers, just as we honor other family members who support their loved ones who are fighting cancer during Relay For Life.

Event organizers are still recruiting pooches and their owners to take part in this year’s Bark For Life. To register, contact Teri Gray from Canine Country Club at 219-548-3604 or Elizabeth Manning from the American Cancer Society at 219-510-7666, elizabeth.manning@cancer.org. You can also print a registration form from www.relayforlife.org/valpoin.