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."
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."
TOPSHAM – Elwin Gay of Summerville, Massachusetts began driving cancer patients to treatment appointments in 1949. He worked nights and drove during the day. He drove 33 years and put over 100,000 miles on his car saving lives.
The American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery program became a national program in 1983 and is celebrating its 30th birthday in 2013. Volunteer drivers have provided thousands of cancer patients with life-saving rides to their treatment appointments. Many need daily or weekly treatment, often over the course of several months, and they may be too tired or weak to drive themselves. Some treatments will not allow cancer patients to operate machinery, including a motor vehicle. Other patients do not have family members they can rely on for support or their family may simply not be able to take time away from work.
BANGOR - Most people who go to the Hollywood Casino Raceway expect to see horses on the track, but this weekend it was all about the dogs. The first Greater Bangor Bark for Life was held there, and over 100 dogs, their owners, friends and many families turned out to support the event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society.
"This is great. I was a caregiver to my mom who passed with cancer, so I see how animals can be compassionate caregivers as well to someone struggling with cancer," said Connie Farquharson.
Participants got the opportunity to socialize their dogs, interact with other dog owners and cancer survivors while shopping at various vendors booths or watching an agility demonstration put on by the Renaissance Dogs Agility team.
BREWER - Brewer Hannaford employee Linda Boone has experienced a lot of loss during her life. Her father passed from cancer last year, her son died of spinal meningitis and now Boone is bracing for another loss - her hair.
"I fixed it the other day and I thought, 'Wow - this is going to be all gone,'" she said.
Boone's co-workers have organized a team called The Wolfpack for the upcoming Bark for Life event in Bangor. She told her teammates she'd willingly shave her head if she raised $1,000. All the proceeds from the event benefit the American Cancer Society. Boone said despite her many losses she has a lot to celebrate and wants to support the ongoing effort to find a cure for cancer.
BANGOR - Dog owners and their canine companions are gearing up for the first Greater Bangor Bark for Life fundraiser that will take place near Main Street in June. The group of volunteers organizing the event has been meeting frequently to work out the details to ensure the occasion will be a successful one for the American Cancer Society.
"My goal is to have this event become something that the residents of the greater Bangor area look forward to every year. I want 'Bark for Life' to become something that Bangor is known for," said Elizabeth Tilton, Bark for Life volunteer.
Since the disease does not discriminate, dogs are just as capable as their owners of being diagnosed with cancer. The Greater Bangor Bark for Life volunteers hope to raise $10,000 this summer to support the American Cancer Society's ongoing effort to find a cure for this disease. And they've already gotten two corporate sponsors, Smith Concrete in Newburgh and The Furniture Gallery in Bangor.
"It's to help honor canine companions who work as therapy dogs for people battling cancer," said Bark For Life volunteer Lisa Eldridge.
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