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Date set for 2nd annual Greater Bangor Bark For Life event

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BANGOR - The Greater Bangor Bark For Life committee is once again encouraging all canines and their caregivers to gather at the Hollywood Casino Raceway in Bangor this summer to help the American Cancer Society take a bite out of cancer. At this Relay For Life event, dog lovers form teams, collect donations and meet to walk one lap around the track with their four-legged friends by their side.

"Bark For Life allows dog lovers to come together to help find a cure for cancer which affects not only people, but pets too," explained Elizabeth Tilton, Bark For Life committee member. "With the smaller time commitment [than a typical Relay For Life all-nighter] and the other dog lovers you meet, this is unlike any other cancer-fighting event you will see."

Last year was the first time the event was held in Bangor. It attracted more than 200 people, 100 dogs and raised over $20,000. This year the event will take place on June 15 and the committee is looking forward to raising at least $30,000.

"We broke all of the goals we set our first year," said Lisa Eldridge, Bark For Life chair. "And while all of the money goes to the American Cancer Society for human cancer research and related programs, it also indirectly benefits canine cancer research as well by making strides to eliminate all forms of cancer."

Ninety-two cents from every dollar collected stays right here in Maine, while the other eight cents goes towards national cancer research.

"This is a really unique way to get involved in the fight against cancer that involves everyone’s favorite four-footed family member," said Tilton.

The cost to participate is $25 per person and $10 for cancer survivors. That fee guarantees each participant receives a T-shirt and a bandana for their pet. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m., and the walk will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 at the raceway.

"It's a fun-filled evening. The dogs get to socialize with other dogs, and at the end of the night when we all walk the track together, it is really beautiful and special," explained Eldridge.

For more information or to volunteer, email the committee at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or check out the Bark for Life Facebook page.

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