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Bark-A-Thon raises about $3,700 for charity

March 07, 2011

An 11-year-old boy who decided to raise money to fight canine cancer after losing his own German Shepherd raised nearly four times his goal at a Sunday "Bark-A-Thon" in Newport Beach.

Joe Fuller and his family raised about $3,700 for the National Canine Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit that funds cancer research, treatment and diagnosis, said Laurie Fuller, Joe's mother.

They originally hoped to reach $1,000.

"Joe feels like he accomplished something and that's what we set out to do," Fuller said.

The family put together a fundraising walk around the Back Bay after their 7-year-old dog Sirius, or "Si," died Jan. 2 of lymphoma.

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About 150 showed up Sunday to participate in the event, Fuller said.

The family is now planning on making it an annual event, she said.

— Britney Barnes

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