WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - A dog is a man's best friend, but they're also proven to be a great companion for cancer patients.
The Bark For Life and the Relay For Life are fundraising events to support the mission of the American Cancer Society.
The advantage of the Bark is that we have fun fundraising with man's best friend, dogs.
Bark volunteers work with their Relay For Life counterparts to promote both events.
Fundraisers can be built into pre or post Relay Barks to bring people to the Relay or to give Relay teams an event to finish off their fundraising.
Fundraising donations are credited to the Relay teams through participation at the Bark when they participate in fundraising at the Bark For Life event.
A Bark tent site can be set up at the Relay with contests that conclude at the Bark or on the day of the Relay.
Dog owners come to the Relay, not the dogs. When new Bark participants are invited and attend the Relay, they support their own Bark teams at their Bark tent site and Relay team fundraising throughout the Relay, a new audience for team donations.
People are always looking for new ways to socialize with their dogs.
After the Bark For Life annual event, fun year round canine fundraising activities keep this audience engaged.
There are many survivors who do not have family or friends but have canine caregivers.
They may know about Relay but are not comfortable attending.
The Bark For Life gives these cancer survivors a chance to participate and be empowered in the fight against cancer.