Pre-registration open now for Bark for Life

If you would like to have a canine companion while you walk to raise money for the American Cancer Society, try out Bark for Life on April 26 in Ramsey.

Registration is now open for the third annual Bark for Life. Visit www.relayforlife.org/barkanokamn or contact event co-chairperson Kim Gust at 612-237-8219 or kim.angelsofendurance@gmail.com for more information or to register.

The third annual Bark for Life in Ramsey is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26 at The Draw park in Ramsey. Pre-registration is now open. File photo

The third annual Bark for Life in Ramsey is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26 at The Draw park in Ramsey. Pre-registration is now open. File photo

People can register up until one hour before the 10 a.m. start of the Saturday, April 26 event at The Draw park in Ramsey.

The cost for the first dog is $20 if you pre-register or $25 the day of the event. Families with more than one dog would pay an additional $5 per dog regardless if they pre-register or not. Pre-registration ensures you get a T-shirt in your size.

“It’s a low-key deal, a great way to bring dogs to something and show the caregiving quality they give to us when we’re sick,” Gust said.

Gust hopes to raise $10,000 for the American Cancer Society through this event. She has participated in other area Relay for Life events, but was disappointed the first time she found out she could not bring her Yorkie dog named Charlie Rocket, who is now eight years old.

Through an American Cancer Society workshop, she learned the organization has a Bark for Life initiative to give dog owners a chance to bring their animal companions with them while walking for the cause of raising money for cancer screening and prevention research.

Gust discovered a lot of other people shared her desire to have the family dog be part of these philanthropic ventures. Despite 80-degree temperatures one year and rain another year, more than 100 dogs have been participated in the two Bark for Life fundraisers in Ramsey. Approximately $10,000 was donated at the inaugural event in 2012 and about $8,000 was contributed last year.

Kim Gust is a co-chairperson for the Bark for Life fundraiser in Ramsey. File photo

Kim Gust is a co-chairperson for the Bark for Life fundraiser in Ramsey. File photo

Ramsey Bark for Life organizers teamed up with Elk River Ford to reach and perhaps exceed a $10,000 goal this year. According to Gust, the dealership will donate $20 per test drive up to a maximum amount of $6,000. The five-minute test drive is free for the drivers and there will be doggy day care available, Gust said. There will be about 10 different vehicles at the event.

There will be no dog fashion show this year, but many other activities and a silent auction will be taking place at the event sponsored by BOB 106 FM and iParts and Repair. The closing lap will come around noon.

The Draw park is located along East Ramsey Parkway, west of Ramsey Boulevard, in The COR development. A location map can be found at www.relayforlife.org/barkanokamn.

Eric Hagen is at eric.hagen@ecm-inc.com

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