HAGERSTOWN — Stories of the struggle with cancer often revolve around people’s battle with the disease.
But animals deal with it too, as Penny Beaver of Chambersburg, Pa., pointed out Sunday.
Beaver was among the participants in the third annual Bark for Life, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
During the event at Fairgrounds Park, dog owners walked around a loop in the park in an effort aimed to raise about $2,000.
Beaver ended the walk with her dog Tippon at her side.
Tippon was wearing a shirt around its body bearing the message “I’m walking in memory of my baby sister.”
That dog — a chow chow named Sheena — had liver cancer and died Feb. 10, Beaver said.
Beaver said she realized something was wrong when Sheena’s stomach became bloated. The cancer had spread too far for doctors to perform surgery on the dog, Beaver said.
“She was my pride and joy,” said Beaver, recalling how tough it was to lose her pet.