Bark for Life to be a walk in the park

Event raises money for cancer

By Belinda M. Paschal -

TROY — Cancer survivors and their canine companions will be participating in an upcoming event that promises to be a “paw-sitive” experience for all.

Set for Saturday, May 13, Miami County Bark For Life is a noncompetitive walk for dogs and their owners to raise money for Miami County Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society.

Canine cancer survivors also are welcome at Bark For Life, which will be held at Duke Park Dog Park in Troy, where the event will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with registration starting at 9 a.m.

Advance registration is $10 and can be completed online at Registration the day of the event will be $25. Participants also can raise money individually or form a team.

The schedule of events includes an opening ceremony, as well as survivor/caregiver, fight back and luminaria ceremonies, and a blessing of the dogs. Also, there will be raffles for Kings Island and Reds tickets, refreshments, music, games for the participating pups, and more.

Bark for Life has been held for several years and past turnout has been “fairly well, depending on the weather,” according to Vickie Ritzert, marketing coordinator for the event.

“Last year, we had a smaller turnout when we held it in June; it was just a day with freak weather, the winds were really high and it was cold out,” Ritzert said. “This year, we’re hoping for better spring weather.”

For more information about Miami County Bark for Life, email lead coordinator Jackie Gaier at

Event raises money for cancer

By Belinda M. Paschal

Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341

Reach Belinda M. Paschal at (937) 451-3341