Bowl-a-Thon Raises $60,000 for Cone Health Cancer Patients
What started as a way for family and friends to remember Johnnie Mae Hooker has turned into $60,000 to help patients at the Cone Health Cancer Center. “My wife was sick with breast cancer. A community organization invited her to an affair and gave us $1,500 to use for anything she wanted to use it for,” recalls Coley Hooker. “What a great idea to help somebody else. I got started by talking to those folks from the organization.”
So Hooker began a bowl-a-thon in 2009 to honor his late wife. The Johnnie Mae Hooker Bowl-a-Thon grew into an annual event among friends and community members. “The first year, we raised $2,900. Each of the last two years, we got $11,000,” says Hooker.
Brunswick Triad Lanes hosted 129 bowlers for the event this year. A group of friends sold more than $1,000 in cakes and pies at the bowling alley to raise additional money. Now in its eighth year, the event passed the $60,000 mark in total money raised for the Cone Health Cancer Center.
The money raised supports patient needs at Cone Health Cancer Center. It helps provide items not covered by insurance, such as transportation, food and support activities.