Now American Cancer Society of the VI Executive Director Lorraine Baa says she hopes a new type of family oriented fun will bring supporters out again.
"It's a canine event to fight cancer," said Baa
"You walk your dog.
Our goal is to raise $45,000 on the island of St. John."
calls the March 15 event a grass roots effort to rally residents around the cancer society's efforts.
It's the third time St. John has hosted its own cancer fundraiser.
Bringing in community support is important, the director said, because the economic environment makes fundraising more challenging.
This year, for Bark for Life, teams will include canine partners.
St. John cancer survivors are invited to kick off the four hour event with a walk around the field.
said, they will be invited to sit and enjoy a day's worth of contests and entertainment.
"There's going to be some dog activities, festivities and things people who like dogs like to do," she
Later this year, Baa
said, another Bark for Life will be held at Antilles School
Funds raised through these events will help cancer patients meet the cost of travel for treatment and other treatment-related expenses.
The money derived from these events is becoming more important, Baa
said, because more help is being sought, especially by cancer patients on St. Croix.