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Church Hill hosts 'Bark for Life' cancer fundraiser Sunday

Jeff Bobo • Nov 2, 2018 at 1:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — All dogs are invited to bring their humans to Derrick Park in Church Hill Sunday for the inaugural American Cancer Society Bark For Life fundraiser, celebrating cancer survivors and their canine counterparts.

The fundraiser honors the contributions of dogs and other pets as caregivers to cancer survivors and includes contests, activities, awards, recognitions and more.

What is Bark for Life?

Dogs and owners will come together for fun, games, dress-up contests, food and a walk to honor the lifelong contributions of canine caregivers to cancer patients and survivors.

Participants will raise funds to help the American Cancer Society make progress in the fight against cancer and remove barriers for people facing the disease today.

It’s all part of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement. The top 13 fundraising dogs will be featured on the 2019 Bark For Life calendar.

Contests include costume, best trick, oldest, smallest, largest, youngest and more in addition to the "Strutt Your Mutt Parade."

A vendor village is also available with items for humans and pets. Donations of food/blankets/toys are also accepted for local shelters and rescues.

When and where is the event?

Bark For Life is from 2-4 p.m. at Darrick Park, which is located off of Ordnance Drive behind the Church Hill Food City store.

Registration is 2 p.m., followed by Survivor/Caregiver Recognition, Contests and Activities begin which begin 2:30 p.m.

The awards and closing ceremonies are at 4 p.m.

Who will be recognized?

There will be special recognition for survivors (both human and canine) and caregivers. Those without dogs are welcome to attend this community family friendly event. A donation of $25 is requested per dog/human team and that fee includes entry to all contests, a goodie bag, a bandana for the dog and shirt for the human. Additional dogs are $10 with a two dog limit per human.

“The Bark For Life event is an opportunity for people to celebrate canine companionship and fight back against cancer with their dogs,” said ACS event organizer Jessica Poff. “Everyone in the community and surrounding area is invited to participate and bring their dog for an afternoon of fun.”

The event is part of the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Hawkins County. Funds raised through the events help the American Cancer Society save lives by funding groundbreaking research, supporting education efforts and providing free information and critical services for cancer patients in our region.

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