The American Cancer Society’s Bark for Life event will take place this Saturday, October 13th at Falls Township Community Park. Dog owners are invited to come out for fun and games with their animal partners, a basket raffle, photos, and vendors.
The event is a playful spin on the nationally revered Relay For Life event that raised $406 million for cancer research last year. Though the event features Event organizer Stephanie Coons says Bark for Life is not just for entertainment.
“So many people find comfort in their dogs during their treatment,” Coons said. “Whether it be a specific therapy dog or just their family pet, this is our chance to celebrate that connection while also fundraising for the mission.”
Bark For Life is also an opportunity for people with similar experiences with cancer to come together and offer support. One story in particular stands out in Coons’ mind.
A couple years ago, teenage girl, possibly 16 years old, approached Coons and became “teary-eyed” during their conversation.
“She gave me a hug and said ‘I just lost my mom a couple months ago to cancer,'” Coons said, holding back tears of her own. “Their family car broke down and they couldn’t get their mom to all her cancer treatments. She ended up losing her battle.”
Coons, who has family members battling cancer, took a long pause to compose herself before continuing.
“Part of our mission is Road to Recovery,” Coons explained. “Part of our funding goes towards getting people a ride for free to their treatments so that doesn’t happen. Had she known about us prior, maybe the outcome would have been different. That gives us that extra drive to let us know this is why we’re here.”
Non-dog owners are also welcome and are encouraged to adopt one at the event.
Those wishing to attend may register in advance, or the day of the c.
The registration cost is $20, or $25 the day of, and all proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Fairless Hills PA.