Fayette County


Bark For Life event honors canine caregivers April 24

Celebrity dog Hayley will be at Bark For Life, helping out for the canine event to fight cancert.

The 7th Annual American Cancer Society’s Fayette County Bark For Life event will be held this year on Sunday, April 24 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Shakerag Knoll (201 McIntosh Trail) in Peachtree City.
The family oriented event features good food, music, a demonstration from the Fayette County K-9 Unit, games, contests, door prizes, doggie games and lots of fun activities, including an agility course for your dog.
This year one of our speakers is Kirk Blackmon, head of the National Canine Cancer Foundation and his celebrity dog, Hayley. Kirk and Hayley travel all over the country and Hayley is the mascot for several organizations.
“The day of the event is more of a celebration, with achievement recognitions and awards for our top teams”, said Chairperson, Janet Reed. “The fundraising begins first of the year through our website.  People can form a team and ask family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, everyone to either join their team or make a contribution of as little as $5 to a team online. It’s only $20 to register one dog and $10 per additional dog in the same family; we also have corporate sponsorships”.  Teams and sponsors are invited to participate and have their own table at the event.  Individual registrants receive a t-shirt, a bandana for each dog and a ‘swag bag’ full of great doggie items and coupons.  “It’s a fun time for the whole family and a great way to help take a bite out of cancer.”
“The event started with a handful of people, as a small lead-in event for Relay For Life in 2010 and for the first few years made around $5,000.  By 2014, my co-chair, Cathy Slosky and I set a personal goal of $7, 000 and we achieved it!  In 2015, our goal was raised to $10,000, we secured our first corporate sponsor (Nestle-Purina) and we exceeded $15,000! This year we have not set a financial goal, instead focusing on trying to get others interested and involved in Bark For Life. Our hope is that we can continue to increase participation every year and recognize the full potential this event has for raising funds in the fight against cancer.”
Bark For Life is an official Relay For Life event that honors the lifelong contributions of our canine companions and how their unconditional love and support can be so important in our lives, especially when facing a devastating disease like cancer.  Every dog lover and person who has been close to a cancer experience in their life is invited to participate.  All proceeds go directly to the annual Fayette County Relay For Life goal and, your Relay For Life team will receive credit for all funds raised during Bark For Life!
For more information, visit their website at www.relayforlife.org/barkfayettega.