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Time to ‘paws for a cure’

Mineral Area Regional Medical Center and 7 Days a Week Furniture Outlet are teaming together this Saturday to bring &#82214 Paws for a Cure“ to the Farmington area. Open to &#8221kids of all ages and their canine companions“, the event starts at 1 p.m. and is a fundraiser for the National Childhood Cancer Foundation. The location for the walk will be at the furniture outlet on U.S. 67.

Willa Dean Meyer, of Mineral Area Regional Medical Center, said this is the second year for the event. &#82214 Paws“ got its start in Arcadia, Calif. from the experience of one gentleman.

&#8221This was started by Steven Gordon after his daughter, Monica, was diagnosed with cancer at the age of three. She had a dog named Lucky and her father noticed the dog never left her side during the time she was ill. When she got better, he realized what an important part her dog played in her recovery,“ said Meyer.

In a flyer distributed about the weekend event, anyone with or without a dog is invited to participate. The most important emphasis for the day is fun and making a difference in the life of a child with cancer. Ninety-four percent of the money raised through these nation-wide events goes toward cancer research.

Meyer stated all dogs must be on a leash and there will be separate areas for the &#8221social“ and &#8221shy“ dogs. Special contests are prizes will be awarded for the top dog money collector, dog owner look-alike contest, best dog trick, largest dog, smallest dog, and best dressed dog. Attendance prizes will be given away as well. There will also be booths set up from the Humane Society in addition to vendors offering all sorts of items for pet owners.

The honorary chairman for the event is KREI Radio personality Louie Seiberlich who also has a dog named Lucky like the founder of &#82214 Paws“.

For more information on the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, visit www.nccf.org or call (800) 458-6223. For this weekend’s event, contact Meyer at 756-6118.

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