American Cancer Society Bark for Life

By October 3, 20132013

Bark For Life of Grand Traverse County

Take a bite out of cancer

At Northwood Animal Hospital we understand when a person is struggling with cancer, the network of support a patient receives is not limited to friends, family-or even the human race.  Sometimes, a cancer patient’s strongest supporter is the family dog.  To pay tribute to this bond, area canines, with owners in tow, will celebrate this fall at the American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life event.  Owners and dogs will be able to come together to celebrate canine caregiver qualities, participate in activities and enjoy a 1 mile walk together toward a cancer cure.Bark for life

Bark For Life adds a twist to the Society’s traditional Relay For Life, serving as a fundraising activity to honor the care-giving qualities of canine companions while supporting the mission of the American Cancer Society.  Bark For Life is an irresistible way to “take a bite out of cancer”, smile, and make coming together to put a leash on cancer, ” says Roxanne Gleason, Chair for the Bark For Life of Grand Traverse County.  “Grand Traverse is giving a day to the dogs, as family and friends celebrate, remember and fight back.”

The event is planned for Saturday, October 5, 2013 from 12:00 – 4:00 PM at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center Pavilion.  Attendees and their dogs should check in by 1:00 PM so they can participate in contests for prizes, enjoy both free and fundraising activities at the vendor booths, watch canine demonstrations, and more.  The fun continues with Relay For Life advocacy and a non-competitive walk starting at 3:00 PM.

Event organizers are recruiting dogs and their owners to take part in the Bark For Life of Grand Traverse County.  Registration is $20 for one dog, $25 for two dogs,  and $30 for three dogs – which includes a purple Bark For Life bandana and goodie bag.  Individual pre-event fundraising is encouraged and all proceeds will be included in the Relay For Life of Grand Traverse County.  There are even prizes for the top fundraising individuals! To register, please visit .  For up to date information, please ‘like’ the Bark For Life of Facebook page at . If you have any questions, please contact Roxanne Gleason at or 231-335-7331 (email preferred).  Remember that this is a family-friendly event, so any dogs that may pose a danger to others (pets or people) should not attend the Bark For Life event.

Funds raised through Bark for Life support the American Cancer Society’s comprehensive cancer-fighting mission to help people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early, to help people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis, to find cures through investment in groundbreaking research and to fight back against cancer by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.




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