Bowlers in pink play to banish breast cancer

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POSTED: Sunday, October 21, 2012 - 7:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 22, 2012 - 10:25am

All Star Lanes in Baton Rouge turned pink to help raise money for breast cancer research and treatments. Around 500 people showed up to score a strike in the 3rd Annual Pink Ribbon Bowl.

Bowlers, decorated in their finest pink attire, got a chance to chat and offer support for breast cancer survivors and their families. Event organizers say breast cancer is a problem in louisiana so ladies need to get screened every year.

"We are unfortunately third in the nation for deaths," said Janet Dewey-Kollen, with the Baton Rouge chapter of Susan G. Komen Foundation. "Our incident rate is average which means it's not more women being diagnosed. It's that women in Louisiana are diagnosed later than what would be best for outcomes."

Tammy Thurman is a four month breast cancer survivor. She says it's important to support events like the pink ribbon bowl to inspire other women in their fight against breast cancer.

"There are other women out there like me and if they can make it 12 years, 18 years, 30 years I can do it two," said Thurman.

NBC33 and sister station FOX44 helped sponsor the event and participated in a special celebrity bowl off. NBC33's Jeanne Burns and Stormtracker33 Chief Meteorologist Jesse Gunkel went up against FOX44's Britt Conway and David Lippman. NBC33's team beat FOX44.

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