A Bark for Life Saturday at Bryant Commons Park was a preliminary to the American Cancer Society’s Liberty County Relay for Life.
Organizers said it was a success and are already planning for the next one.
Bradwell Institute’s 2018 STAR student Dayle McCallar organized the event to, as the society says, honor the contributions of canine caregivers.
She said she has participated in the Relay before.
“I wanted to get involved in community service,” she said. “Mrs. (Karen) Bell had told me they wanted to start a Bark for Life. That they’ve tried in the past but never got it started and asked if I would be willing to help... We probably have about 100 people here today.”
The event was staged adjacent to the newly completed Cisco Dog Park. Cancer survivors and participants gathered their furry companions and walked along the park’s paths.
“We had our survivors walk because we wanted to honor them and their journey,” McCallar said.
She will leave to attend the University of Georgia in the fall, but said people who helped her put Bark for Life together will continue the event next year.