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Bowl for the Cure brainchild of young Plum woman

| Thursday, April 29, 2010

Seanna Bell is taking the fight against breast cancer to a Plum bowling alley.

Bell is the organizer of the first Bowl for the Cure fundraiser May 22 at Nesbit's Lanes in Plum.

Bell, who has had family members battle the disease, started preparations for the benefit six months ago.

"The more money we raise means we possibly can beat this," Bell, 21, said. "We will hold this event in hopes of saving a few more lifetimes of memories."

That national event, in conjunction with the United States Bowling Congress -- an oversight committee for bowling tournaments -- has raised more than $8 million.

"We have come a long way but still have a long way to go," Bell, a former member of Plum High School's bowling team, said.

Julie Philp has been helping Bell as she coordinates the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events.

The Bowl for the Cure event is the first Philp has been involved with in her five years on the job, and she appreciates Bell's work.

"Seanna is really running with this," Philp said. "She is working very hard with local sponsors, media and is doing her very best to get the word out."

Besides helping raise money and awareness for the foundation, Debbie Miller, a 13-year breast cancer survivor, looks forward to spending the event with family members.

Miller, a municipal authority employee in Plum, will lead a five-member team at the fundraiser. Her team is comprised of her daughters Hope and Heather, and her grandsons, Cole and Trevor Filer, of Washington.

So far, Miller has sponsorships from co-workers and other family members.

Miller, of Holiday Park, bowls at Nesbit's Lanes on her lunch hour to practice for the event.

In the past three weeks, she said she has bowled a 100 twice, but hopes to improve.

"I really like (the event) because it is close to home and, even though I like running the Race for the Cure and seeing other survivors, it is nice to bowl in our own area and see local people," Miller said.

Additional Information:

How to help

What : Bowl for the Cure

When : 1 to 4 p.m. May 22

To register: Call Seanna Bell at 412-793-5546 by May 8. Cost is $15 with all proceeds going to the Susan G. Komen Bowl for the Cure. Both teams and individual bowlers can register.

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