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Marine Corps Community Service staff interacts with guests at the front table of the Pink Bowling Night at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Bowling Center Oct. 25. The staff gave out door prizes and interacted with guests throughout the night. The event was one of two for breast cancer awareness month.

Photo by LCpl. Benjamin McDonald

MCCS holds bowling night for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

27 Oct 2016 | Lacne Cpl. Ben McDonald Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort

  The Tri-command is hosting events and activities to raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pink Movie Night and Pink Bowling Night are some of the events held this year.

  The Pink Bowling Night was held at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island Bowling Center, where the alley was decorated with a theme of representing a pink ribbon. A pink ribbon is the symbol for breast cancer. So dressing up and decorating an event in the color is a way to show support.

  “I really go all out for this event,” said Christine Wildenthaler , the Recreation Management Supervisor for MCCS South Carolina. “All the tables have pink tablecloths. The bowling pins are all pink and when someone rolls a strike or hits a certain pink pin, they win a prize. There are pink streamers hanging from the ceiling and the tables will each have a pink table ornament I made myself. “

  MCCS is not the only organization contributing to the bowling night. Diana Simpson will be representing Family Team Building and Kathy Williams will be representing Health Promotions at the event.

  The Pink Bowling Night started as a small event just trying to get awareness out for breast cancer. However, after four years of success, the event received more notoriety last year.

  “I can’t believe how much notoriety and support this event gets now,” Wildenthaler said. “This event started off so small four years ago and last year we exceeded 150 attendees. Just today I have received countless calls for information on the event to confirm that it is still happening. It is really encouraging to see everyone supporting breast cancer awareness and MCCS.”

  October is known as Brest Cancer Awareness Month across the globe. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. About 1 in 8 women in the United States will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime and About 40,450 women a year will die from breast cancer. 

  “It’s really good for people to be diligent if breast cancer runs in their family,” Wildenthaler said. “My mother had breast cancer and it hit my family hard. Women need to check themselves regularly for any lumps and need to make sure they get mammograms done. You can never be too safe when it comes to avoiding or beating breast cancer.”

  To learn more about Pink Bowling Night and other breast cancer awareness events, contact Christine Wildenthaler at 1 (843)-812-0443.

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