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Bark for Life sprouts up in Bangor

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BANGOR - A group of dog owners are teaming up to create and organize the Queen city's first Greater Bangor Bark For Life event. Bark for Life is an American Cancer Society Relay For Life fundraising event that honors the caregiving qualities that canines provide to cancer survivors.

"It's to help honor canine companions who work as therapy dogs for people battling cancer," said Bark For Life volunteer Lisa Eldridge.

A typical Relay For Life event consists of a team of people participating in an overnight campout around a track, where each team member takes turns walking throughout the duration of the event, all to raise funds to help the American Cancer Society find a cure for cancer. Although Bark For Life also raises funds for the American Cancer Society, the Greater Bangor Bark For Life event will be an evening event only and will include many four-legged participants, something you wouldn't find at Relay For Life.

"The event will likely be a one-mile walk and all the proceeds go to cancer research," explained Eldridge. "We figure if we find a cure for one [cancer in humans or animals], we'll find a cure for both."

Eldridge said Bark For Life volunteers would like to raise $10,000 this first year. Right now the group is currently looking for a location to hold the event which will take place either this coming May or June. Eldridge adds having a dog is not a requirement for participation.

"There will be plenty of opportunities that day for volunteers. We can also use people who want to participate but whose dogs don't do well with crowds," said Eldridge.

The Greater Bangor Bark For Life volunteers are in the process of creating a Facebook page and are hoping to release more information about their event in the coming weeks. For more information, the public can contact the group at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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