On July 14, we held our first American Cancer Society Bark For Life at Minden Park. It was an afternoon to participate in a mini-relay with our best friends to celebrate cancer survivors and caregivers, to share our stories and to raise funds to help the American Cancer Society save lives and create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. During the event we celebrated Heather’s first birthday cancer-free. Christopher offered to walk the dogs for $2 to raise a total of $36 in honor of his mom’s first year of being cancer free. We also honored dogs that have passed from cancer and to celebrate those who are cancer-free. We honored Akiva, Deputy John George’s K9 partner as a cancer survivor. He was given a guardian angel to wear on his collar to protect him and a purple heart that said “Survivor” on one side and “I took a bite out of Cancer” on the other. We had DAWG, Pet Positive in-home training, Quick Silver Agility group, Scouting for Dogs, food vendors and craft vendors. We would like to say “thank you” to the following businesses that donated prizes for our raffle: Round Table Pizza, Carson Valley Veterinary Hospital, Jamba Juice, Tupperware, Max’s Pet Supplies, Meeks Lumber, Laxague Feed & Supply, The Corner Bar, PetCo and both Douglas Walmarts. Our T-shirts were provided by T’s in Motion. With the combined donations, and dogs that participated, the Bark for Life event raised $500 for Relay for Life.
I wish to thank our Commissioner Lee Bonner for helping to open our ceremony and to Father John, who did a very special blessing over our dogs and their families. Thank you to the wonderful young men from ROP for keeping the grounds clean, dog water dishes filled, for helping us at our Relay booths, and for making sure everything was cleaned up and packed up at the end of the event. Thank you to RO Anderson for making our signs. Thank you to Aimee Giller, our staff partner from the American Cancer Society in Reno, to my wonderful volunteers; co-chairman Sydney Folin, Marie Hulse, Larry and Mary Biller, Theresa and her son Steve DeGraffenreid, John Snider, my sons for their patience, support and help; Matthew and Johnathan Kendler, the wonderful dogs and their owners that came out to support this event and we would like to give out a big thank-you and appreciation to the Town of Minden for allowing us to hold this wonderful event with our dogs. We look forward to next year’s event. If you would like to volunteer for next year’s event, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see the community at our Relay for Life event, Aug. 10–11 at Lampe Park 2 p.m. to 8 a.m. Remember, cancer never sleeps, so once a year we don’t. Come out and stay awake with us all night.
Bark For Life Chairperson
Relay for Life Team Development Chairperson