Bark for Life held for its fifth yearSubmitted: 07/16/2017
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek

Bark for Life held for its fifth year
RHINELANDER - Several people brought their furry friends out to help fight cancer on Saturday. The Fifth Annual Bark for Life event was held at the Rhinelander Oneida County Airport.

The event is just like Relay for Life, except people can bring their dogs along. 

Organizer Casey Rustan says when she first got involved a few years ago, she didn't know anyone affected by cancer. She says that by allowing people to bring their dogs to the event, it gives everyone a common ground.

"I happen to know somebody now that was affected by cancer and now I have a lot of friends because I come out here and I kind of get to meet some new people," said Rustan.

Geri Larkee is a cancer survivor herself. She also knows several people affected by cancer.

Larkee says her dog gives her emotional support and helps her stay healthy.

"When Clancy was younger we walked five miles every day. It was good for me, it was good for me to get out there and be healthy," said Larkee.

The event also had raffles, dog portraits, and playtime for the dogs at the end. 

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