Aug. 24 fundraiser
Bark for Life designed to help 'take a bite out of cancer'
Central Ohio residents are encouraged to take their dogs to Gahanna's Pizzurro Park, 940 Pizzuro Park, to help "Take a Bite Out of Cancer," beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24.
The American Cancer Society's Bark For Life is a noncompetitive walk for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer.
"We won't be holding a formal walk like a Relay For Life event, but I'm planning on having a parade of sorts along the sidewalk that runs through the park to start off the event," said Stephanie Musko, event chairperson for the Gahanna/New Albany Relay For Life. "We will be asking anyone who is a cancer survivor or who has a canine cancer survivor to start off the parade to focus the event on why we're there -- to bring our dog companions together to fight cancer."
Emily Baker, of the American Cancer Society, said Bark For Life is a fundraising event honoring the lifelong contributions of canine caregivers.
Canine caregivers are canine companions, guide dogs, service dogs, rescue dogs, therapy dogs, police dogs, cancer-survivor dogs and diagnostic dogs that, with their owners, join the ACS as members of Relay teams.
"They participate to celebrate cancer survivorship, to honor people lost to cancer and to raise funds in support of the American Cancer Society mission of eliminating cancer though research, education, advocacy and service," Baker said. "Canine companions demonstrate unconditional love, joy, security, compassion and no judgments of cancer survivors' abilities or appearances."
She said the heart of the Bark For Life is the relationship between survivors and their canine companions.
Musko said the Gahanna/New Albany Relay For Life team likes to host Bark For Life to honor not only all cancer survivors and caregivers but also the four-legged friends that are cancer survivors and caregivers to their humans.
"The American Cancer Society's Bark For Life is an incredible way to 'take a bite out of cancer,' smile and make new friends -- canine and human," she said.
All proceeds from the event will be applied to the June 7-8, 2013, Gahanna/New Albany Relay For Life event that raised more than $67,400, with more money still coming in.
"Our goal was $66,500, so the Bark For Life is the icing on the cake for our 2013 fundraising year," Musko said.
The goal is to raise $2,500 at Bark For Life.
Participants at Bark For Life will register their dogs: $25 for the first dog and $15 for an additional dog.
For the fee, the human participant will receive a shirt, and the dog participants will receive a purple Relay For Life bandanna.
Dogs and their owners also will receive goodies bags with gifts for both.
The event will have a disc jockey, and food will be available for purchase.
Registration for Bark For Life will be available the day of the event or online at main.acsevents.org/goto/barkgahanna.
Another similar event will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Alum Creek Dog Park near Powell.