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Bark for Life takes another bite out of cancer

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Mariah Cassidy of Bangor and her dog Zoey tied for first place in the Best Dressed' category at the Greater Bangor Bark for Life event this month. Mariah Cassidy of Bangor and her dog Zoey tied for first place in the Best Dressed' category at the Greater Bangor Bark for Life event this month. photo by Kaitlyn Furge

BANGOR - The Hollywood Casino Raceway in Bangor went to the dogs Father's Day weekend for the third annual Greater Bangor Bark for Life event. The gathering is an American Cancer Society event that encourages participants to bring their four-legged family members with them as they support, raise awareness and collect donations for cancer research. With doggy contests, demonstrations, food and vendors on site, there's something for everyone to enjoy before the night ends with a one lap walk of remembrance around the track.

"There's only two Bark for Life's in Maine so we've got people who have traveled from all across the state to come and fight back, which is what this is all about," said Lisa Eldridge, event co-chair. "I don't think I've met anyone, whether pet or human, who hasn't been touched by cancer."

Although this was the third year of the event, there were still a lot of first time attendees like Cheri Almeida of Carmel who brought her two Boston Terriers, Duke and Dolly.

"This is an awesome way to bring people together for the cause," she said. "You get to meet new people and see other dogs. It's a wonderful outing."

It was also Mariah Cassidy of Bangor's first time participating in Greater Bangor Bark for Life.

"My friend's dog, I call her my dog niece, died of cancer," said Cassidy. "And my mom was diagnosed too but she's still here. She's a survivor."

Cassidy and her Pitbull, Zoey, who both wore matching super hero costumes to the gathering, entered the best dressed contest.

"We tied for first place with a Shitsu mix, I believe," she said. "It's been a lot of fun, and if you have a dog it's even more fun and it is a great cause to support."

Just over $12,000 was raised at this year's event, which brings the total to over $50,000 collected since the Greater Bangor Bark for Life first began in 2012.

"It's amazing to see the community all come together to be involved in this great event," said Eldridge. "I was shooting for $10,000 the first year so I think raising over $50,000 in three years for the American Cancer Society with a committee of 13 or less is something we should all be proud of."

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