Bark For Life

 |  Jun 9th 2009  |   15 Contributions


The American Cancer Society is hosting an event in Hendersonville, NC to raise awareness and funds for the fight against human and animal cancers.

The Bark For Life is a new event, it's the first time pets are joining in the Relay for Life.

The first Bark for Life of Henderson County event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. Bark for Life is a non-competitive walk-a-thon aimed at raising awareness and funds for the fight against human and animal cancers.

"We had several dog owners whose dogs had gone through chemo and radiation to ask us if there was a way that they and their pets could help us in the fight against cancer," said Carol Burke, co-chair of the event. "We felt that there had to be a way that we could make them a part of our fight.

"One lady had gone through chemo herself last year, and her dog is going through chemo and radiation this year. She really wanted both, she and her dog, to be able to do something to fight this disease. We knew that some other communities around the country had held similar type programs. We checked with them and, out of our investigation, Bark for Life of Henderson County was born."

The day will be filled with lots of fun for dogs and humans. At Relay for Life, there will be luminarias that are lit in honor and in memory of those who are fighting or have lost the battle to cancer. At Bark for Life, held during the day, bloominarias, small potted flowering plants labeled in honor and in memory of dogs fighting cancer, or lost to cancer, will be offered for a $5 donation.

The day is filled with fun events for the entire family. There will be games, music, auctions, contests, and the American Red Cross will be teaching how to perform CPR on your dog. Plus, Henderson County Animal Service will be on site with adoptable dogs.

All the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society. To find out how to enter you and your dog in the relay, as well as all the other details of the event, go to the ACS Bark For Life site.

* Dogster member Meatball was diagnosed with cancer and his friends have started a group to support him during this difficult time. Meaty's treatment is very expensive and some good pup pals are working on setting up a fundraiser for him, stop by his page to find out when the site will be up.

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