BANGOR - The Hollywood Casino Raceway is about to be taken over by canines.

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BANGOR - The Hollywood Casino Raceway was howling with excitement this past weekend as hundreds of people and their dogs gathered for the second annual Greater Bangor Bark For Life event. It's an American Cancer Society fundraiser that celebrates cancer survivors and their care givers (both two and four legged) and honors those who have passed away from the disease while raising funds to help find a cure.

"This was my first year participating," said Meagan Sawyer. "My mom is a breast cancer survivor and we're here celebrating that."

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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."

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Wednesday, 03 April 2013 13:11

Geaghan's helps take bite out of cancer

BANGOR - The employees at Geaghan's Pub & Craft Brewery are not just co-workers but family. So when one of their own, Dawna Hensley of Orrington, was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, the Geaghan's crew did what any family would do and rallied to her side to support her in her fight to beat the disease. They even created a yearly event called Dawna's Day, where a percentage of all sales at the restaurant on a certain day are donated to Dawna's recovery. But Dawna challenged her co-workers to think bigger and give to an organization that could help everyone, not just her. So last year the restaurant gave to the Greater Bangor Bark for Life, a Relay for Life fundraising event honoring the life-long contributions of canine companions. And Geaghan's is planning to give to Bark For Life again this year.

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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."

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Thursday, 14 June 2012 14:22

Bangor's 'Bark for Life' a success

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.

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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.

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Wednesday, 29 February 2012 18:01

Bark for Life sprouts up in Bangor

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.

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