Local canines are getting in on the cause to help raise awareness and support research in the fight against cancer this weekend. As part of the Relay For Life fundraisers, a special event called Bark for Life will be hosted in Oakley's O'Hara Park.
Instead of only humans walking the track, this time they will be joined by their canine friends. The sponsors are making a day of the event offering a wide variety of entertainment and activities.
"We're reaching out to a different group of people," Sharon Joseph, event coordinator, said. "This is an event for dog lovers and not all Relayers have dogs."
Joseph is part of the Relay for Life team out of Brentwood. Although the group already hosted its event last month, all teams have until Aug. 31 to continue fundraising to meet or exceed its goal.
This time out, the Brentwood and Oakley groups will team up to make the most of this fundraising effort.
While this is a Relay For Life event, those who participate in the fun don't have to be part of an earlier Relay group. Joseph said that this is a chance for anyone to get involved.
"People are welcome to get extra donations or just pay the entrance fee to help out," Joseph said.
Entry fee for the event is $25 for one dog and $35 for two dogs.
The activities start bright and early on Saturday at 8 a.m. and continue until 1 p.m. The event includes wading pools for the dogs to stay cool, relay games and an opportunity
"A couple of our volunteers are even making up some special doggy treats to share at a Doggy Bake Shop," she said.
The first 50 people to show up for the event will receive a goody bag or a "Relay Bark For Life" bandanna.
Sign-ups will be taken at the gate on Saturday morning; however, the group is asking for people to sign up early online so they can get an idea of how many will be attending. To sign up and for more information, go to www.relayforlife.org/barkbrentwoodca.
Bark For Life is a sanctioned Relay for Life event and takes place in many other communities. The Antioch/Pittsburg's Relay for Life group will host its Bark For Life event on Aug. 18 at the foot of L Street at Marina Plaza. For more information on the Antioch-Pittsburg event contact Michele Littlefield at www.relayforlife.org/barkantiochca.
What: Bark for Life fundraiser
When: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday
Where: O'Hara Park, Oakley
Info: To sign up to participate, go to www.relayforlife.org/barkbrentwoodca