Teams can be as small as two or as large as 100 people. Some of the registered teams currently raising funds to support finding a cure for cancer include Runway Rovers; Poodles, Pugs and Angels; and A'Waggin’ Walkers. To date, just over $6,300 has been collected through online donations and sponsorships.
"We understand times are hard and there are a lot of organizations out there. However, not much beats a night out with your friends, family or co-workers with your furry friends fighting cancer," said Lisa Eldridge, Greater Bangor Bark For Life event chair.
Last year, the Greater Bangor Bark For Life committee set a goal of raising $10,000 during its first-ever event. When the group exceeded that goal and raised over $20,000, the committee decided to up the ante. That's why this year their sights are set on raising $30,000 for the American Cancer Society and attracting 50 cancer survivors, 275 people and 250 dogs to the June 15 event.
"While all of the funds raised goes to human cancer research, we are the only event in Maine that brings awareness to the fact that pets get cancer too," said Eldridge.