On Sept. 24 the MOT area’s first ever, Bark for Life, will be held at the Townsend Municipal Park.


Man’s best friend is helping to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

On Sept. 24 the MOT area’s first ever, Bark for Life, will be held at the Townsend Municipal Park.

Twenty-five-year cancer survivor and co-chair of the event, Teresa Overbey will do the one-mile walk with her three-year-old Chocolate Labrador, Shelly.

Overbey, owner of Middletown’s Paws & People Too, said when the American Cancer Society approached her with the idea, it was a perfect fit.

“I have a dog, and I’m a cancer survivor,” Overbey said. “Between that, my business and my love of dogs, it was perfect.”

So far, Bark for Life has raised $1,200.

“I think it’s going to be fun for the dogs because they get to be outside walking and playing with other dogs,” she said. “And it’s going to be fun for the owners because they get to be outside playing with their dogs!”

Bark for Life, a supplement of the Relay for Life will have vendors and will also help raise awareness of canine cancer.

Since the event is during the day, the Luminaria ceremony held at Relay will be replaced with a daytime friendly ceremony, where paw prints will be used to line the path that the dogs and people will walk.

“It’s a nice attachment to Relay and nice for Townsend,” Overbey said. “It will be a nice afternoon.”