Bark for Life brings out families, pets for cancer walk

Raising cancer awareness has gone to the dogs.

The American Cancer Society is hosting Bark for Life on Nov. 9 at Memorial Park. Families and their dogs are invited to attend and spend part of the day completing a one-mile walk to honor the care-giving qualities of their canine and to honor cancer survivors.

“At our relay events, we don’t allow pets,” said Molly Steinbeck, community manager for the American Cancer Society. “A lot of people’s pets are like family, so the thought is to celebrate that companionship with your pet.”

She said this year is the local American Cancer Society’s first-ever Bark for Life, but the event has proven successful with other American Cancer Society organizations.

“It’s really about raising awareness and advocacy for our Relay,” Steinbeck said.

The Nov. 9 event also includes an agility course, vendors and games for the entire family.

Pre-registration is online at www.relayforlife.org/barkcolecomo, and is $15 for one dog and $25 for two dogs. Registration the day of the event is $20 for one dog and $30 for two dogs.

Registration begins the day of the event at 8 a.m. and the event begins at 8:30 a.m. and runs until noon.

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