By Tia Lynn Ivey
The seventh annual Bark for Life raised about $7,900 on April 13 to be split evenly between Relay for Life and the Humane Society of Morgan County.
“This year was lucky number seven,” said Beth Bradley, creator and organizer of the event. “We had a great crowd that grew a little larger than last year’s and it was wonderful to receive the support from this community.”
Over 100 people, plus their dogs, participated this year’s Bark for Life at Bill Wood Park, an annual event that invites the entire community to honor and celebrate cancer survivors and their beloved canine companions. This year’s event featured a day of doggy contests, canine demos, family photos, trivia, $3 lunches, crafter booths, live music from Doc 103.9, and dancing contests. Bradley added a new feature this year, with special rose bushes and luminaries available for people to purchase to honor their loved ones who succumbed to cancer.
“It’s a very special moment for people,” said Bradley. “We want to do that again next year.”
Bradley, a cancer survivor who has been remission for 25 years, hopes that Bark for Life continues to grow in order to rally around people affected by cancer and benefit Relay for Life and the Humane Society of Morgan County.
“These are two very important organizations,” said Bradley. “The money for the humane society is to help run the shelter and find forever homes for their animals. The money for Relay for Life funds all kinds of important programs to help people battling cancer.
According to Bradley, the money will be used to help fund the Hope Lodge, which provides housing assistance for cancer patients, a Cancer Helpline, and a ride-sharing program that transports cancer patients to their treatment centers.
If you or someone you know is affected by cancer, reach out to the Cancer Helpline at 1-800-227-2345.
“Both of these organizations do wonderful things,” said Bradley. “I want to say a big thank you to our community for coming out and supporting us again this year. My goal is to keep growing this event so one day, we can give $10,000 a piece to Relay for Life and the Humane Society of Morgan County.”