Humans and furry friends come together for Bark for Life

The dogs and their owners gathered at Indian Echo Caverns to raise money for cancer patients and caregivers.

HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. — The American Cancer Society (ACS) welcomed humans and their dogs to the fifth annual Hershey Harrisburg Bark for Life on Saturday, October 22.

The event highlights how the caring qualities of canine companions can benefit people with cancer.

“Caregivers and survivors definitely need four-legged friends, whether it’s cats, dogs or birds,” said Jim Anderson, president of Bark for Life Hershey Harrisburg.

Bark for Life is also a fundraiser. All purchases from suppliers go to ACS.

“Seeing our community come together and help each other is what makes me want to figure out how to make this event bigger and better, to see all the smiles on their faces and to see the dogs participating,” Anderson said. said.

This year, the organization hoped to raise $5,000. According to their website, they were within $500 of their goal shortly after the event ended.

More than 100 people and their dogs came out to support the cause.

There is another Bark for Life event tomorrow, Sunday October 23rd. The fundraiser will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Lebanon Valley Expo Center and Fairgrounds located at 80 Rocherty Road in Lebanon.

“Bark For Life is a great way to spend the day with your fur babies, while supporting cancer patients, their families and caregivers,” said Yalonda Rice, chief development officer for the American Cancer Society. “By participating in one of these events, you will give hope to people facing a cancer diagnosis.”

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