Successful Bark for Life raises funds for American Cancer Society

A few light rain showers didn't stop 147 dogs and their owners from participating in the second annual Bark for Life fundraiser April 24 at Taylor's Rotary Park. The event benefits the Taylor Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society.

Where people are the walkers in Relay for Life, the dogs do the fundraising in Bark for Life. Participants walked five laps around the path surrounding Rotary Park and received a bandana and a goodie bag. They also took part in some fun activities, including musical dogs (think musical chairs) and a best costume contens, which won by a dog named Candy dressed as a firefighter, complete with a dog-sized fire truck for her to ride. T-shirt sales personalized with the dog's name and some fun pet-related vendors rounded out the event.

"There are no pets allowed at the Relay for Life event, which will be held on May 22 at Heritage Park," said Bark for Life organizer Sue Shufeldt. "This give us an opportunity to honor those dogs that are either cancer survivors themselves, have helped their owners through their cancer experience or are just great companions."

Bark for LIfe raised $2,400 for the Taylor Relay for Life.

"We were very happy with the turnout and are looking forward to it being even bigger and better next year," Shufeldt said.

She thanked the City of Taylor for its assistance and support, the Relay for Life of Taylor committee and the Downriver Devils softball team for volunteering their time to make the event happen.

For more information about the Taylor Relay for Life, contact Sue Shufeldt, who is also team development chairwoman for Relay, at (313) 282-8757 or sshufeldt32@aol.com or visit www.relayforlife.org/taylormi.