NUTLEY, NJ - It was a dog day afternoon as American Cancer Society held its second Bark For Life of Nutley on Sunday, June 3, at Memorial Park on Vreeland Avenue.
Bark For Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for American Cancer Society's ongoing fight against cancer.  The event was organized once again by Brenda Sherman, who also serves on the Nutley Board of Education.
“I started the event because my dog Marmaduke was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer more than 3 years ago,” explained Sherman.  “So, I started doing research about cancer treatments on dogs and found out that many of the treatments are similar to those used on people.”
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Dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds – along with their owners - descended on the park for the festivities.  The fun-filled day starting with a canine walk around the park, then continued with doggie demonstrations, contests and games.  Prizes were distributed to top performing pooches.
“Since I do a lot of work already with American Cancer Society through Nutley Relay For Life for the past 10 years, I though of doing Bark For Life as another way to help raise funds and acknowledge the fact that dogs are helping us treat humans with cancer as they provide comfort and caregiver support.”
Bark For Life, held in conjunction with the township’s Relay For Life volunteer effort, helps American Cancer Society save lives and moves the community closer to the goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.
In this the twelfth year of Relay For Life in the township, Nutley raised more than $83,000 in 2018, bringing their grand total to well over $1.2M since 2007.  Relay is supported by the Parks and Recreation Department and Commissioner Mauro G. Tucci.
A previous Bark For Life was held in 2016 and it now looks to become an annual tradition.