The 14th Annual Tony O’Rear Bowl for Life Bowling Tournament benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital will take place at Holiday Bowl, 5518 Brainerd Road, on Sunday, Feb. 9. There will be two bowling sessions, starting at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Over the past 13 years, the event has raised $124,132.02 for St. Jude.
When he was 11-years-old, Tony O’Rear was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia, a disease that prevents bone marrow from producing platelets properly. Despite vigorous treatment including various medications and a bone marrow transplant, Tony developed several complications and, sadly, passed away at the age of 12. Since that time, Tony’s family and friends have organized the annual event to celebrate his life and the work of the outstanding doctors and researchers at St. Jude.
“Although Tony’s outcome is not what any parent would want for their child, we are convinced that St. Jude’s provided the most outstanding treatment and did everything in their power to save Tony,” says Barbara Breedwell, Tony’s mom. “With the Bowl for Life, we continue to all we can to help St. Jude fight the evils of childhood cancer,” adds Tony’s sister, Kelly O’Rear Sells.
There are several ways to participate in the Bowl for Life. Individual bowling teams of four may participate for $150 each. Teams are asked to register in advance by calling Barbara Breedwell at 637-9358. For every tem that pre-registers, each member’s name will be put in for a special prize drawing. Lane Sponsors ($150) receive a banner over a lane. A Table Sponsors’ ($50) name is displayed on all 40 tables in bowling center. Anyone can come to watch the event.
For more information about the Tony O’Rear Bowl for Life event, contact Barbara Breedwell at 637-9358 or Kelly Sells at 618-4084. Call Holiday Bowl at 899-2695 for information about their facility.