Hundreds of pooches and their people gathered in Riverstone Feb. 25 raising thousands for the American Cancer Society.
The inaugural Bark for Life walk of Riverstone presented by Lake Olympia Animal Hospital raised nearly $4,500, celebrating cancer survivorship — human and canine — and honoring the care-giving qualities of four-legged companions while supporting the mission of the American Cancer Society.
“We are very happy with this first year and hope continued online donations will help us reach our goal of $5,000 by the end of March,” said Nick Deacon, lifestyle director for Riverstone and the event leader for Relay for Life.
Bark for Life is a dog-friendly version of the annual Relay for Life, a signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society that takes place from noon to midnight, Saturday, April 1, at Edward Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land.
After the Bark for Life walk, event-goers enjoyed a performance by the Houston Disc Dogs, were able to meet dogs and deputies with the Fort Bend County K-9 unit, could meet with an onsite veterinarian and have their dogs’ nails trimmed by Pet Spa Mobile Grooming. Face painters, balloon twisters, bounce houses gave children plenty to do.
Registration for Relay for Life is ongoing. Teams and individuals can register at relayforlife.org/greaterfortbendtxor by calling 1-800-227-2345.