Who let the dogs out? The American Cancer Society did, for an event called Bark For Life. Event chairs James Stuart and Cindy DeGray, along with dog companion Boston told us about the walk.
Bark For Life
American Cancer Society
May 3rd, 9am – 1pm
What is Bark For Life?
It is an extension of the ACS Relay For Life which is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness about the fight against cancer. Bark For life is a fun filled event that celebrates the unique care-giving qualities of our beloved four legged friends.
Bark For Life began as just a gathering in Pennsylvania about 12 years ago. It has become an annual event here in Western Massachusetts since 2010 and we have become the 2rd largest BFL in the nation.
Over the past 3 years we have raised over $125,000. Our Bark For life event has engaged of 45 cancer survivors and joined over 600 community partners. This year we expect to be our biggest yet.
First and for most hopefully it will help in finding a cure. Other ways the funds raised are used is funding our Hope Lodges which is a place in which the cancer patient and their families can stay while they are out of town while undergoing treatment. It also helps provide transportation for the cancer patients to and from their medical treatments from caring, trained volunteers of The Road to Recovery program. A great thing is that all money raised stays right here in Western Mass.