Pets to join
The American Cancer Society is letting dogs play at a new fundraiser called Bark For Life.
The event — the first of its kind in Kansas — will be Aug. 22 in Eudora’s Bluejacket Park.
Unlike its traditional fundraiser, Relay For Life, during which dogs are banned from participating, Bark For Life is all about our four-legged friends.
“It is a disease that strikes humans and canines both. That’s why this event is so neat because we will have cancer survivors who are humans as well as canines,” said Jill Sittenauer, regional communications director of the American Cancer Society.
The event, which will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., will include activities for dogs and their owners. Among the activities will be a walking trail, obstacle course, prizes, pictures, food and displays.
To honor or memorialize a pet or person who battled cancer, special “Tribute Paws” can be purchased for $5 each. They will be displayed at the event.
All money will go toward cancer research, education, outreach and patient services.
Organizers picked Eudora because the town, with a population of 6,200, doesn’t host an annual Relay for Life. Eudora hosted a relay from 2002 to 2006 but it became part of the countywide event, held every June in Lawrence.
Dr. George Schreiner, a veterinarian at Eudora Animal Hospital, said cancer diagnoses in animals are increasing.
“A lot of it has to do with the fact that owners are more aware and knowledgeable about it. I don’t think the rate of cancer in dogs has changed. I just think we are diagnosing it more,” said Schreiner, whose clinic is sponsoring water stations at the event.
Organizers hope at least 100 canines will participate in the event.