Canines-N-Kids offers free starter kit for hosting your own Barke sale

The South Riding-based nonprofit is raising funds for cancer research on “both ends of the leash”—and your kids can help.

Host a Barke sale with your family this summer to raise money for canine and children’s cancers. (Photo courtesy of Canines-N-Kids)

Step aside lemonade stands—this year is all about the Barke sale.

Canines-N-Kids (CNK), a local nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and funds for canine and pediatric cancer, has created a fundraising opportunity for kids, parents, teachers and organizations for the summer.

Similar to your typical bake sale, a Barke sale requires a bit of groundwork: gather some spare change, start up your KitchenAid and bake some tail-wagging worthy treats that are safe for two-legged and four-legged friends.

But the organization’s starter kit aims to do the rest, taking those interested through the step-by-step process with a how-to-host guide, as well as helpful marketing materials (i.e. postcards and flyers). Parents and kids can visit the website to register prior to their event and receive the starter kit in the mail free of charge.

The proceeds can then be sent to CNK within two weeks of the individual or group’s event, and will later be distributed to organizations actively researching the disease in both dogs and children. Whether the diagnosis is human or canine, it can be life threatening. According to the American Cancer Society, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14. And based on research from the Animal Cancer Foundation, out of the 65 million dogs in the United States, there will be roughly 6 million cancer diagnoses in 2019.

CNK is dedicated to supporting organizations that contribute to the further development of cancer-fighting tactics, such as treatment and eradication. For more information on how to host your own Barke sale and support their mission, visit caninesnkids.org.

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