Note: This post was originally written by me on Suazmopolitan.com. Sadly, the Cancer fighter I was helping fundraise for passed away this weekend after a short time on chemo and having recently been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer only a month ago; her chemo would have started this week. I thought this would be a perfect first post for me here on Patch because it just shows how urgent and top-of-mind cancer awareness needs to be.
Her name is Jana McCoy, my bestfriend's birth mom whom she reunited with several years ago. "Team Janaboo Barks For Life… We do it for Jana McCoy, my birth mom, my Aunt Liz, Jim McCoy, our friend Jeanie, our friend’s moms who have passed over the years, and all of those affected by this awful disease. Together we can TAKE A BITE out of Cancer.”
Cancer. So many organizations and initiatives and it seems like so little time.
But I'm asking you to do as much as you can and help because you just don’t know what tomorrow will bring for you, your loved ones, or closest friends.
This spin on American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life”, “BARK for Life”, is a great way, especially if you're a dog owner. I’m not just tooting this horn because my friend thought of the idea, but because I volunteered at the event (held in Tarrytown- Lyndhurst) last year and the outpouring of people with their dogs was heart-warming and inspiring.
“By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games.”
If you don’t want to start your own team, or can’t make it to Bark for Life, Team Janaboo is still fundraising and would love your support.
To join the team go directly to www.main.acsevents.org/goto/teamjanaboo and click “join team” – register on the site and then if you can make an additional donation you can do so as well.