The constant support and unconditional love that Sassy, a miniature Schnauzer, shared with Laurie became a wealth of support and encouragement for her.

“Sassy did her best to stay by my side, especially when I wasn’t feeling well,” said Kendrick. “Just feeling her heartbeat somehow made me feel better—and my worries seemed to fade away.” Although cancer patients experience many physical, emotional and mental challenges, their pets often remain faithful companions through their cancer journey.

To honor this connection, The Outer Banks Hospital’s Relay for Life Team – the OBHopefuls – is presenting the area’s inaugural “Bark for Life” where four-footed friends join in the fight against cancer. The “Bark,” which will take place on Saturday, April 9th, at 10 a.m. at The Promenade in Kitty Hawk, will feature prizes for the best dressed dog, a doggie yard sale, dog and owner portraits, treats for dogs and owners, doggie massage, as well as dog activities and demonstrations.

Patterned on The American Cancer Society’s Bark For Life, the event is a non-competitive walk for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer. Advance Registration for Bark for Life is $10 per dog, limited to two dogs per family. At-the-door registration is $25 for one dog and $30 for two dogs.

Registration is available online by following the link provided at, by phone at 252-449-9182, or in-person at The Promenade on event day 9:15 am. 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. They hope this year’s event builds on their success.

(PHOTO CUTLINE: Pictured here are Laurie Kendrick and her miniature schnauzer, Sassy.)

About The American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, and with programs in more than 20 countries, they fight for every birthday threatened by cancer in communities worldwide. ACS saves lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; by helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying people across the globe to join the fight. As a global leader in cancer research investment, they turn what we know about cancer into what they do.