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.
Lindsey joined the WVII ABC7 and WFVX FOX Bangor news team in January of 2012. Raised in Arlington, Mass., Lindsey graduated from Endicott College located in Beverly, Mass. where she majored in Communication. While attending college on the North Shore Lindsey ran the campus newspaper, the Endicott Observer, lead the Endicott Gulls field hockey team as Captain in the 2009 & 2010 seasons, and played for the women’s club hockey team.
For two years Lindsey worked at WCVB Channel 5 News Boston as an ENG producer and writer, while also filling in for various positions in
Chronicle, the station’s nightly news magazine. Additionally, Lindsey contributed to the production of two MDA Labor Day telethons.
When she’s not in the field she can be found on the ice. Lindsey helps out with Brewer’s Youth Hockey Learn to Skate & Learn to Play program and plays on a men’s league team. She also helped to establish Brewer’s first youth under-12 girl’s hockey team.