Today more than 2 million women in the U.S. are living with breast cancer and it's estimated that more than 40,000 women and at least 400 men will die of the disease this year. That's why many are choosing to fight cancer by Bowling for the Cure. Many affected by the disease find strength in helping the cause.
For these bowlers, the sport has never meant so much. "Everyone knows someone who had some type of cancer," explains Becky Jones, organizer of the event. Each strike symbolizes a story of overcoming or losing.
"It's very important to me because we just got through losing a son to cancer four months ago," says Norma Beauchamp. She has been an avid bowler for more than 60 years but only recently for this cause.
"I had three brothers and two sisters that also died of cancer so we're familiar with it, but I don't guess you ever get used to it," says Beauchamp.
Norma, just like her team mates, continues the fight against cancer in honor of those who have won the battle and in memory of those who have lost. "It does hit home, you know someone who does have breast cancer or who is a breast cancer survivor or unfortunately who has passed away because of breast cancer so I think it makes it that much more special because it's so widespread," says Becky.
Saturday's Bowl for the Cure event raised $500. The funds will go directly to our local Susan G. Komen foundation. About 60 bowlers participated.