Giving Back

“Bark for Life” is Back with Fourth Annual Fundraiser on May 6th

Jason Sardo, Derek Saul, Barkley the mascot, and Brendan Sardo, Hanover Park High School seniors and co-founders of Bark for Life of Florham Park, the largest cancer fundraiser of its kind in NJ.

FLORHAM PARK, NJ- The popular “Bark for Life” fundraiser is back for its fourth consecutive year. A blockbuster last showing made it the biggest fundraiser of its kind in the state as 2016 saw over 60 dogs and 250 members of the community participate. 2017 hopes to raise that bar once again.

The event is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and allows these furry friends to help fight the plague of cancer around the country. The National Cancer Institute estimated that in 2016 alone 1,685,210 new cases of cancer would be diagnosed with cancer and 595,690 lives will end as a direct result of the disease. Over the past three years, these “canine caregivers” and the community have raised $36,000 to help ebb of flow of cancer in America.

“Bark for Life” was co-founded by Hanover Park seniors Brendan Sardo, Jason Sardo and Derek Saul. The event started out as a way to honor the memory of a family friend for the boys and grew to encompass Dave Minsavage when the local math teacher and baseball coach died from cancer in 2015. The event will be co-hosted by the young founders as well as local 105.5 FM WDHA radio personality, Terrie Carr.

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“Bark for Life” will be open to dogs and their owners and will feature music, food, shopping and craft vendors and contests for the dogs to test their canine capacities. The host of fun activities will keep dogs and owners alike entertained throughout the walking event and will help to raise awareness for the fight against cancer.

People looking to participate are encouraged to register online at The online registration will be a $10 fee per dog and will include a dog-themed gift bag while supplies last. Additionally, on-site registrations will be accepted the day of for $20 per dog.

If you would like to volunteer to help with “Bark for Life” or seek to join as a vendor please contact Austin DeSavino, at (973) 285-8028 or

Don’t miss this chance for you and your canine companion to fight cancer together. “Bark for Life” will take place May 6th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm on the lawn of the Florham Park Gazebo at 111 Ridgedale Ave. Registration will begin at 11:00am.

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