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Event in Estacada is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, offers support to those affected by cancer

COURTESY PHOTO - A young attendee of last year's Estacada Bark for Life spends time with a furry friend.

An upcoming event will honor those who have experienced the difficulty of cancer and the four-legged friends that support them.

Estacada Bark for Life is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Estacada Fire Station, 261 S.E. Jeremy Loveless Ave. The gathering is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

"It helps create a community of support for people who are fighting cancer," said Brittney Kassahn, Bark for Life organizer. "Everything raised goes to the American Cancer Society."

The event will feature two walks around town with dogs. One will span a mile and another will be shorter. There is a $5 registration fee.

There will also be a silent auction, raffle, photo booth, food available for purchase from Fire and Knives BBQ and a bubble release.

"(The goal of the bubble release is to) send out thoughts, prayers and good vibes," Kassahn said. "If we can give one person hope, that will be enough for me."

She noted that local businesses have donated to the silent auction and been supportive of the event overall.

"We've had an amazing outpour of support," she added.

Kassahn appreciates the supportive atmosphere that Bark for Life facilitates.

"There's an overwhelming feeling of community and togetherness that fosters healing," she said.

As indicated by the title, dogs are also an important element of the day.

"Cancer doesn't just affect the people fighting it. It also affects pets," Kassahn said. "Dogs are a big part of the healing process. They're supporters."


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