The American Cancer Society held its annual Bark For Life event June 20 at the Hood River County Fairgrounds — the same spot Relay For Life will be held next month.
Bark For Life honors the lifelong contributions of canine caregivers to cancer survivors. Families and their dogs came together for a few hours of celebration and companionship, and to walk — participants raise funds by asking friends and family to support their efforts.
The same holds true for Relay For Life Columbia Gorge, scheduled for July 18 at the fairgrounds, from 8 a.m. until midnight. Teams and individuals are invited to set up campsites and take turns walking or running around the track. Cancer survivors and caregivers take a celebratory first lap to start each event.
Those honoring loved ones lost to cancer and those battling the disease may dedicate a luminaria, which are illuminated after dark and are personalized with a name, photo, memory or message.
Funds raised support cancer research, education and prevention programs, and critical services for people facing cancer.
Those wishing to get involved or make a donation to the Relay for Life Columbia Gorge are asked to visit www.relayforlife.org/columbiagorgeor or call 1-800-227-2345.