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1/11/04

Bowling for the Cure

This year, more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and about 40,000 women will die of breast cancer. They are staggering numbers in need of a cure.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established two decades ago, and has led the fight to find a cure ever since. On Sunday, they got some help from the local chapter of Women's International Bowling Congress, as they did their part by holding the first annual "Bowl for the Cure."

"This is our first annual tournament for the Susan G. Komen Lubbock affiliate. All proceeds from our tournament will go to our local Susan G. Komen Foundation and stay right here in Lubbock," said Becky Jones, tournament director.

About 80 people came out to bowl on Sunday, many of whom are regular bowlers, but some that just wanted to have a little fun while donating toward awareness and hopefully someday a cure.

"I feel like I could make a good donation to these people because I really haven't done anything this year. It's a new year, so I thought I'd start out by helping other people out. And I enjoy bowling also," said Averie Turner.

"Bowl for the Cure" is a national partnership between the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Women's International Bowling Congress. In the last two years, their effort has raised $2.3 million in the fight against breast cancer.

"We wanted to do it here because a lot of the ladies we know that actually bowl with us had breast cancer and are survivors, so what better way to show them our support by holding a tournament to help them out," said Becky Jones.

One bowler we found was in the tournament in honor of his wife who died of breast cancer just four months ago.

"She was diagnosed in October of last year and she passed away on August 22nd of this year of breast cancer, and she really didn't know she was sick until she had a mammogram," said Enrique Fragoso.

Although Enrique Fragoso's wife is no longer fighting cancer, he says he wants to help fight for a cure however he can.

You can donate to the Susan G. Komen Foundation all year round, they are hoping to make "Bowl for the Cure" an annual event locally and anyone can participate. Remember, you should start getting breast exams at 20 years-old, and regular mammograms from 40 on.

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