Supporters and survivors turn out to Bowl for the Cure - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Supporters and survivors turn out to Bowl for the Cure

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

It was a day of fun for the whole family at Whitewood Lanes on Sunday. More than 100 people turned out for the 9th annual Bowl for the Cure.

The event has raised more than $10,000 locally in the past eight years. The cause was an important one for all bowlers there.

"There are so many survivors that will be so appreciative of people coming out," said breast cancer survivor Cynthia Smith, "just taking time out on Sundays just to benefit people like me and other breast cancer patients,"

Smith said she found out she had breast cancer at the age of 30, and with the diagnosis came a lot of uncertainty.

"No one in my immediate family had ever had breast cancer," she said, "and I didn't know what was next or what was to come."

Thankfully, Smith caught it early thanks to a self-examination. Now, she hopes to help other women in a similar position.

"So many people are unaware of what they need to do to make sure they're healthy," she said. "I had to do a self breast exam. That's what saved my life, because if I had not found it when I did, I probably wouldn't be here today."

Breast cancer hit close to home for the owners of Whitewood Lanes. That's one of the reasons manager Monica Wood felt it was so important to host the event.

"It's a special event for us because my mother in law is a breast cancer survivor," Wood said. "She's been in remission for a few years, so it's something close to our family."

Georgia Shields bowled on Sunday, along with three generations of her family, and she said she was thrilled to take part.

"I'm actually bowling for the cure because my whole family has been doing it all my life," Shields said. "It feels good to help people in need."

The event's chairman, Becky Jones, is just honored to be a part of a good cause.

"This is something that touches every single one of us," Jones said, "so it's just a privilege to be able to do this."

The next Bowl for the Cure is scheduled for the Plainview Bowler Center on Sunday January 19. The bowling center is located on 2002 Quincy in Plainview, TX.

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