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Bark for Life Raises $5K for Cancer Research

The American Cancer Society fundraiser caters to dog enthusiasts in Washtenaw County.

The second annual , a canine version of the Relay for Life that was held on May 7 in Whitmore Lake, raised more than $5,500 for cancer research.

Sixty-five dogs and more than 120 people participated in the event.

The noncompetitive walk for dogs and owners was sponsored by Pet Supplies Plus, Dr. James Clarkson and Dr. Katie Anderson at West Arbor Animal Hospital in Scio Township, Pet ’N Play personal pet sitters, K-9 Homeschooling and the Ann Arbor Dog Training Club.

“This event was more than I could have hoped for in its second year,” said organizer Carol Yarrington of Scio Township. “Considering the first year was largely attended by my many volunteers and helping hands, this year with our 65 dogs and more than 120 people was truly a success.

“We had a lovely venue at Independence Lake Park, and a beautiful day to take the ‘bite’ out of cancer," she said.

The top fundraising teams were Therapaws, the St. Joseph Mercy Hospital team, K-9 Home Schooling and Saline Adult & Pediatric Medicine.

Yarrington is busy planning for next year’s Bark for Life, set for May 5.

“I’m happy to send reminders to anyone interested in helping plan, promote or attend next year's event,” she said.

For more information, email Yarrington at barkforlifeannarbor@gmail.com.

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