American Cancer Society celebrated 2nd annual Bark for Life
HAGATNA, Guam — The dogs will have their days of summer as they are invited to join the Second Annual American Cancer Society Bark for Life of Guam. The fundraising event presents an opportunity for people to be empowered through their canine companion partnerships and to contribute to cancer cures through the mission of the American Cancer Society.
“There are a lot of fun activities that go on at every annual Relay For Life,” says Tina Noket. “But one thing that’s missing is the presence of our canine companions. This is how Bark for Life was developed.” Due to the success of the Inaugural American Cancer Society (ACS) Bark for Life last year, ACS is excited to hold the second Bark of Life on Guam this month.
Families and their dogs will come together for a few hours during the day and complete a walk around Adelup to honor the care giving qualities of their canine “best friends” and cancer survivors in addition to lots of food, games and other fun activities.
“I am so honored to be part of the American Cancer Society Bark for Life again this year,” says Faye Varias, Event Chair for Bark for Life. “I’m hoping that as more pet-friendly events are brought to Guam, more people will be open to the mindset that pets are part of the family.”
The Bark for Life of Guam is set to take place from 9 a.m. to 12noon on Saturday, August 31, at the Adelup field in front of the Governor’s complex. Activities include a dog wash, VIP section with facepainting and canine pedicures, an Ask A Vet” table and more! People can register their pets for contests, such as the peanut-butter licking contest, costume contest, musical dogs for a $5 donation per contest. Pre-registration for all canine participants is required and there is a limit of 100 dogs, so interested participants are urged to register early to get a spot. A fee of $15 per dog includes a bandana for the dog and a doggie bag of goodies. . No more than two dogs may be registered by each adult participant.
This year, the committee has implemented a team component, with various team amenities as incentives for additional fundraising, including a souvenir t-shirt for raising $100 and access to the VIP area.
All those interested are encouraged to visit the event website at www.relayforlife.org/barkguamgu to register your dogs, sign up as a vendor or to get more information. You can also visit the American Cancer Society of Guam office in Hagåtña between 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday or call 477-9451.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.