Tuesday, February 21, 2012

BARK for life - kick off event tomorrow!

Do you love dogs?  Like you think they are so cute and you run up to them and say "oh you're so cute little thing (in a baby voice)" and pet them.  Or every time you drive by one walking down the street you yell out, "hola doggy face!".  Oh wait - maybe that last one is just Jimmy and I.  We're weird like that.  But I know there are lots of people out there that love dogs.  So if you love dogs (or really, even if you don't LOVE them but you like them and think they are cute), keep reading.

Do you HATE cancer?  With all the different types of cancer out there today, from breast cancer to skin cancer to colon cancer to leukemia, I would guess that everyone knows someone personally that has had or currently has cancer.  Did you know that at of January 2007, it was estimated there were approximately 11.7 million Americans that with a history of cancer that were alive?  Each of those people's lives and the lives of those people that love and care for them were turned upside down at one point when they heard that diagnosis.  And while many go through treatments and successfully kick cancer's butt and go on to lead "normal" and happy lives, the reality is that in 2011 it was estimated that 571,950 Americans are expected to die from cancer, which is the second most common death in the United States (only second to heart disease).  In the US, cancer accounts for nearly 1 in 4 deaths. 

So if you didn't HATE cancer at the beginning of this post.  Reading those statistics I gave you above from the American Cancer Society's Cancer Facts and Figures from 2011, you should have every reason to hate it.  And every reason to want to get involved somehow and someway to raise money to help find a cure.  Say it loud and proud, "I HATE CANCER".


There are so many fabulous ways to get involved in the fight against this terrible disease in communities across the country. The American Cancer Society (ACS) is a fabulous organization that is working day in and day out to raise money to help fund research to help find a cure for all different types of cancer that affect so many people.  One of their big events that I'm guessing is in a local neighborhood of wherever you may be is a Relay for Life event.  These events take place at a local track and go overnight.  Members of team raise money leading up to the event and then take turns walking all night long to symbolize the fact that cancer never sleeps.  I participated in one when I was an intern at ConocoPhillips and it was a great experience being there.  My little sister is also a community manager at the Kansas City ACS location and helps the volunteers with the coordination of many of these events in Kansas City.  I really encourage you to check them out and get involved.

Ok - so now how do dogs tie into this?  Well, another event that ACS does that acts as another fundraiser for cancer research and a supplemental event to the Relay for Life is called Bark for Life . And that my friends, is how your love of dogs and hate for cancer can all come together on one morning.  Bark for Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer and we are starting one in Kansas City (Overland Park to be exact!!)

Jimmy and I and a wonderful committee are gearing up to make this a wonderful event on the morning of April 28.  What a great reason and event to bring your dog and walk to fight against cancer with other dog lovers in the area!??!   This event will take place at a great local pet resort located at 103rd and Roe (right off of I-435) called Kennel Creek.

And guess what???

Tomorrow - February 22 at 6:30PM - you should come out to Kennel Creek Pet Resort for the Kansas Bark for Life kick off event!!!  Take a tour of the pet resort (it's amazing!!), pick up some free Mr. Goodcents for dinner and learn more about this event and how you can get involved!!! Start a team or walk with just you and your dog - either way, you will want to come out and learn more!  It will be lots of fun!

Check out the following link to find out more information about the event and sign up!!

Again -

IF YOU LOVE DOGS AND HATE CANCER - make sure you are a part of this event!!

Hope to see you there!  And if you have any questions - let me know!

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