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Participants still needed for Bark For Life event

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BANGOR - The Greater Bangor Bark For Life event is next month and organizers are hoping for a big turnout. This one lap walk around the Hollywood Casino Raceway is an American Cancer Society Relay For Life fundraiser and the only one of its kinds that includes bringing your four-legged family members along for the experience. 

"Right now we have 13 teams all from the local area. Our goal is to have 20 teams for the event," said Shannon Small, Greater Bangor Bark For Life teams chair. "All our teams are working really hard to raise money. Team Wolf Pack came up with window decals, and Team Bangor Pet Resort and Spa had a team member make purple Paracord rope ribbon key chains to sell to raise money."

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. 

Registration is $25 per person/$10 for cancer survivors and their furry friend. Each registrant will receive a T-shirt for themselves and a bandanna for their canine. Those who would like to make a donation or get more information about the event can stop by Yappy Hour at Pet Quarters in Bangor on May 21 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., visit the Greater Bangor Bark For Life Facebook page or send an email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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