Anne H. Tortora Montville
A unique event took place on Oct. 6 at Harkness Memorial State Park, but received little note. New London County's 2nd Annual Bark for Life brought people from our region together for the purpose of fighting all cancers, and we did it in the company of our dogs.
Yes, our dogs. Bark for Life is one of several programs sponsored by the American Cancer Society that raises funds and awareness as we work together to eliminate cancer from our world, and it partners us with our canine friends.
By the numbers this year: 53,500 people will be diagnosed with melanoma, and 7,500 will lose their fight. 21,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and 15,000 will lose their battle. Also, 48,000 men and women will be newly diagnosed with thyroid cancer, with 1,700 people dying from it, while 24,070 new cases of brain cancer will be diagnosed this year.
We have much work to do in order to cure cancers. It was an honor for me and my dog to join our efforts with those who were part of this year's Bark for Life. Bark for Life might be considered "low luster" in comparison to similar events, but our goal is the same. Fewer diagnoses and more birthdays.