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Zumbathon raises hundreds for Bark For Life event

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BANGOR - While many folks were enjoying left over chocolates or other Valentine's Day sweets this weekend, a large group met at Bangor Parks and Recreation to work off those extra calories at a Zumbathon to benefit the third annual Greater Bangor Bark For Life event. 

"We're trying to get awareness out about Bark before the actual event happens in June," said Lisa Eldridge, co-chair for Greater Bangor Bark For Life. "We're the only canine friendly cancer walk in Eastern and Central Maine."

Bark For Life is an American Cancer Society Relay For Life fundraising event where teams of cancer survivors, supporters and animal lovers gather to walk around the Hollywood Casino Raceway along with their canine companions. Participants form teams and raise funds until the day of the walk. This year's goal is to raise $30,000 and Saturday's Zumbathon helped the nonprofit collect $249 towards that goal thanks to the numerous donations that were collected at the door.  

"We had several Zumba instructors approach us and offer to do a Zumbathon and I'm so happy with the turnout. We've never started fundraising this early and I think this will be our biggest fundraising year to date," said Eldridge.  

Samantha Hammond of Eddington and her mom were just two of the numerous participants who attended the Zumbathon.

"Why did I want to participate? I love Zumba," said Hammond. "It's so fun. You get to meet new people and get healthy."

Eldridge is hoping hundreds of others will be just as excited to attend this year's Bark Fore Life event on June 15. Registration is $25 per person or $10 for cancer survivors.

"We're really hoping to get more people and more teams involved and excited about what's coming in June," she said.

For more information on the third annual Greater Bangor Bark For Life event, follow them on Facebook or send the committee members an email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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