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Hannaford employee supports 'Bark for Life' by shedding her hair

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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.

"I was fortunate to smoke as many years as I had and not have cancer, and I want to do it [shave my head] to support the people I've lost and the people who have fought and won," said Boone.

Once the word got out about Boone's plan, family, friends and others started working on reaching that $1,000 fundraising goal.

"I said if you just give me the price of a pack of cigarettes, I'd be happy," explained Boone. "My sister, who took care of my dad before he died, presented me with a check for $250; my husband went online and donated $100 in memory of my son; my doctor even gave me $100; and my hairdresser, Nancy Coleman, gave me $100. But a lot of the donations are $5 or $10."

Boone decided to shed her hair in front of her co-workers at Hannaford on May 27, a day that has very special meaning to her.

"That's my anniversary [of being smoke free]," said Boone.

To date, Bark for Life volunteers, participants and supporters like Linda Boone have helped raise more than $7,000 for the event which will take place on June 9 at the Hollywood Casino Raceway, formerly known as Bass Park, from 4 to 7:30 p.m. This is the first year the event has taken place in Bangor and organizers are pleased that they're more than halfway to their fundraising goal of $10,000.

"We have 16 teams registered online with 74 participants, but there are a few more teams raising money without registering online," said Lisa Eldridge, Bark for Life committee member and volunteer.

Dog apparel, grooming supplies, Bark for Life merchandise and food will all be for sale at the event. Local vets will also be on hand that day to talk about canine cancer and answer any general questions dog owners may have. There will even be face painting and a bounce house for youngsters to enjoy.

"There will be two demonstrations during the event as well. One by the Maine Search and Rescue Dogs and one by the Renaissance Dogs Agility team," explained Eldridge.

There is still time to form a team and participate. Those interested should log onto Linda Boone and her fellow Hannaford Wolfpack members are eagerly looking forward to it.

"Me and my bald held will be walking," she said with a grin. "I'll have to put sunscreen on it."


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