Nags Head, NC - The premier “Bark” was patterned on The American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life - a non-competitive walk for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer.

“We were delighted with the attendance,” said co chair Betse Kelly, coordinator of the hospital’s Cancer Resource Center. “The dogs and their owners enjoyed the day and the event which featured dog prizes, a doggie yard sale, dog and owner portraits, treats for dogs and owners, doggie massage, as well as dog activities and demonstrations.” Co-chair Ruth Ann Williams joined Kelly’s sentiment, adding “We have our sights set to make next year’s Bark even better!”

By supporting Bark For Life, participants help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to a world with less cancer and more birthdays for us all – including our four-legged friends.

Since 2006, the hospital’s Relay for Life team has raised over $30,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year’s premier event built on this success.

The Outer Banks Hospital is a 21 bed acute-care facility offering the latest in healthcare advances and technology, including the best in emergency, surgery, birthing, imaging, diagnostic, therapeutic services and inpatient care. A not-for-profit critical access hospital, The Outer Banks Hospital is a partnership between University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. The mission of The Outer Banks Hospital is to enhance the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Dare County and the surrounding region by promoting wellness and providing the highest quality healthcare services.

Canine companions came dressed to the nines for the area’s first Bark for Life on April 9, 2011. Dogs and owners participated in a fun walk to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. The event included fun contests, dog-related items for purchase, canine obstacle courses, obedience demonstrations, and other entertaining events for dogs and owners alike.