Dog lovers have way to help Relay for Life

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Bark For Life, which benefits the Relay for Life of Clay County, is returning Saturday, Oct. 8, for the second straight year

Rachel Romas, Community Representative for the American Cancer Society, is working to put on the fundraiser.

"The Bark For Life program is for those who are dog lovers, looking for something fun to do with their four-legged friends, that is also for a good cause," Romas said. "We also recognize that in some cases dogs serve as caregivers to cancer patients in their time of need."

According to Romas, Bark For Life will serve as the fundraising kick-off for the 2012 Relay for Life of Clay County.

Romas said last year's inaugural event was a success.

"This will serve as our fundraising kick-off for the 2012 Relay For Life of Clay County," Romas said. "Last year, teams raised $37,000, (which was) $4,000 over our goal. This year, our income goal is $39,000."

Romas said the cost is $10 for the first dog, and $5 for each additional dog, with a limit of two dogs per walker. All dogs need to be current on shots and vaccines, but it is not necessary to bring forms.

Those who participate in Bark For Life may also find useful information at the event, as well as opportunities to volunteer.

"We will also have information available about Relay For Life and the programs and services offered by the American Cancer Society to residents of Clay County," Romas said. "We are also looking for passionate volunteers that would like to help us plan the 2012 Relay For Life event, which will be held May 12-13, at Forest Park."

The event is scheduled to take place at Forest Park. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m., and the walk starts at 11 a.m.

For more information, visit Relay For Life of Clay County's Facebook page at or visit

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