BANGOR - The memory of one well-loved community member lives on with an annual fundraiser, now in it's 4th year.
Dawna's Day was held at Geaghan's in Bangor Thursday.
Ten percent of all sales are going to the American Cancer Society, to help support the Bark for Life, coming up in June. It's an effort that's close the owners' hearts.
"The first day was to actually raise funds for a bartender of ours, actually my aunt, my aunt Dawna, Dawna Hensley," said Andrew Geaghan, co-owner of Geaghan's. "At that point [she] was diagnosed with multiple mayeloma. In the last three years she battled that disease very courageously and very well but this last year just passed away, so this year is taking on a little bit of a new meaning."
The Geaghans decided to keep the effort going because Bark for Life was an effort that Dawna was always so passionate about. But they need a little help from event leaders, like Lisa Eldridge.
"It's an event that honors the care-giving qualities of canines," said Lisa Eldridge of Bark for Life. "Dogs play an important role in every day life as pets but especially for those who are going through cancer treatments. They're a constant companion and it's the only dog-friendly event in the state."
This year's Bark for Life is scheduled for Saturday June 14th at the Hollywood Casino Raceway.