GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A Greensboro husband wears pink to honor his wife who died from breast cancer.
Coley Hooker lost his wife Johnnie Mae in 2008. He started the fundraiser to keep his wife's memory alive and help others who have breast cancer.
"She loved bowling and it was great competition for us as husband and wife. She passed in 2008 with breast cancer, so we sponsor a bowl-a-thon each year because that was her love to help others who suffer from breast cancer," said Hooker.
Every year Coley Hooker holds a bowling fundraiser to strike out breast cancer. The event raises money for the Cone Health Cancer Center Patient Support Fund.
"Last year we raised $11,000 and we gave it to Cone Hospital. They provide funds for non-insurable expenses that the families go through; like wigs and transportation," said Hooker. "Things that insurance won't pay."
This year, Hooker wants to raise $15,000. He's thankful he has Bob Marino's help. Marino runs Triad Lanes in Greensboro. He donates the bowling alley every year because he too lost a loved one from breast cancer.
"My father passed away with breast cancer. It's something that I need to let all the men out there know, that it can happen to us too. Not only do women need to get examined, but we do too as men," said Marino.
The annual Johnnie Mae Breast Cancer Bowling Fundraiser will take place at Triad Lanes on Oak Branch Court in Greensboro on Saturday, October 15, 2016. It costs $25 per person to bowl.
You can register before hand by calling 336-202-1482 or just show up at the bowing alley before the event starts at 1 p.m.
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