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Bowl for the Cure event raises money for Komen breast cancer group

People dressed in pink gathered and cheered one another on at Allen's Crosley Lanes in Clark County, Washington, in a bowling fundraiser for cancer awareness, reports The Columbian.

The event was held on Sunday, February 20, and included 174 bowlers.

Among the participants was Michelle Gonzalez, a breast cancer survivor who has had eight surgeries. She wore a pink top and matching bowling gloves to the event.

Her son, Mario, showed off a pink T-shirt with the words "Bowl a spare to save a pair" written on the back.

The event, officially known as the Clark County United States Bowling Congress Bowl for the Cure, raised $8,500 last year and aims to raise $10,000 this year. All funds will go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization.

According to the National Cancer Institute, women should have regular breast exams and mammograms to detect breast cancer as early as possible.

"You're never too young to get your mammogram done," said Gonzalez. "[Breast cancer] didn't run in my family."

The Susan G. Komen foundation is the largest nonprofit organization of its kind in the world, dedicated to breast cancer awareness, research and support for breast cancer survivors, patients, and their families.
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