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Branch County Bark for Life takes a bite out of cancer

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - The fight against cancer went to the dogs as the American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life event took place on May 25th. Area pooches, with owners in tow, took to the track to dig up a cure for cancer. Bark For Life adds a twist to the American Cancer Society’s traditional Relay For Life event which is scheduled for June 21st & 22nd.  Bark For Life is a fundraising activity to honor the care-giving qualities of canine companions while supporting the mission of the American Cancer Society.  This year’s event brought in over $700 between participants and sponsors. 

“Many pet owners consider their dogs a part of their family, especially those furry friends who lend a great amount of comfort and support during a loved one’s cancer battle,” said Cheryl Back, Relay For Life Event Chairperson.  Bark For Life is the canine counterpart to Relay For Life, a very family friendly movement that celebrates our canine caregivers, just as we honor family members who support their loved ones who are fighting cancer during Relay For Life.

Event organizers recruited dogs and their owners to take part in this year’s Bark For Life.  The Top Dog Prize was award for the third year in a row, to Oliver and his owner Ken Morris.  Oliver and Ken’s fundraising efforts brought in over $200 to benefit Branch County’s Relay For Life.   The Most Spirited Prize was awarded to Maggie and her owner Megan Wilczynski who dressed the part to support Relay For Life. 

Event organizers would like to thank all participants and their owners as well as the sponsors who made this event successful.  Sponsors included Tiffany’s Feeders N Eaters, Southern Michigan Bank & Trust, Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan, Ponderosa, K-9 Obedient 4H Club, and the Krick family.

Event organizers extend invitations to the community to attend the Branch County Relay For Life event scheduled on June 21st & 22nd.  On June 21st at 5:30pm all cancer survivors, meaning anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, will join together on the track at Heritage Park in Coldwater and walk, wheelchair or ride the first lap, unified in victory and hope.  The public is invited to share this emotional lap to honor the courage of all who have defeated cancer.  Show your support to local survivors by stopping by and cheering them on.

(courtesy American Cancer Society)