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Canines, cancer survivors to gather for Greater Bangor Bark for Life

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Canines, cancer survivors to gather for Greater Bangor Bark for Life (Photo courtesy of Bell's Furry Friends Photography)

BANGOR - The Hollywood Casino Raceway is about to be taken over by canines.

The annual Greater Bangor Bark for Life event will take place at the track on June 25 for the fifth year in a row. This non-competitive mini Relay for Life walking event raises funds for the American Cancer Society while honoring the care giving qualities of canine companions.

Sarah E. Smith is the Bark for Life Committee Chair.

'Everyone's been affected by cancer on some level and this event allows our greatest canine companions to join us in the fight against cancer,' explained Smith.

'I think the biggest challenge is that people think the funds raised goes to canine cancer research,' said Lisa Sturgeon, Bark for Life committee member. 'However, all the money raised goes to the American Cancer Society for human cancer research. We want to fight all cancer. That's our goal.'

Greater Bangor Bark for Life has successfully collected over $60,000 in donations the past four years. This year the group is hoping to raise $20,000. The event, which is emceed by WVII's Craig Colson and Townsquare Media's Cindy Campbell, includes various doggy contests and demonstrations. There will also be food available as well as pet-themed and community vendors on site. The night will end with a one lap walk of remembrance around the track in honor of those who've lost their battle with cancer.

'My sister passed away from cancer when she was 42,' said Barbara Bruns, captain of Team Wolf Pack. 'I've attended Relay for Life before but Bark' is just so different. The atmosphere there and all the dogs that are there, makes you feel like there's hope.'

The fifth annual Greater Bangor Bark for Life event will once again take place at the Hollywood Casino Raceway next to the Cross Insurance Center on June 25 from 5:30-8 p.m. Folks are encouraged to form teams with co-workers, family, friends or fellow community members; teams can register at the event or online at www.relayforlife.org/barkbangor.

Registration for this year's event is $25 per person and/or free to all cancer survivors who'd like to attend. Each participant will receive a T-shirt for themselves and a bandana for their canine companion. Teams can consist of as few as two people or as many as 100.

For more information, email the committee at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or follow them on Facebook.

Last modified on Wednesday, 08 June 2016 11:37

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