Dogs Help Fight Cancer

By Lorne Fultonberg

September 22, 2012 Updated Sep 22, 2012 at 10:00 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Dogs and their owners raised money for the American Cancer Society at Broome County's first ever Bark For Life.

Dogs of all sizes were welcome to enjoy food and activities while honoring cancer survivors, paying tribute to loved ones lost, and remembering those who are still fighting.

The Bark for Life event attracts people the American Cancer Society wouldn't normally attract, organizers said.

"People are just attached to their dogs and if you say you're going to do something and spend an afternoon with your dog, people are willing to do that," said John Tokos, chairman of the Broome and Tioga Bark for Life. "The response has been really, really positive."

At other American Cancer Society events, such as Relay for Life, dogs aren't allowed.

"This is a lot more fun because we get to bring our dogs and they get to be a participant in it and it's not as great of a time commitment," said Jana Ingalsbe, who brought her three dogs to the event.

Dogs had chances to win prizes in dog-specific contests. Organizers handed out awards for the most talented, cutest, and best dressed dogs.

In total, around 60 people showed up to the event. Tokos said the event raised more than $1,200 before the event even started. He expects that amount to double after today, he said.