Fabulous Four Strike Against Breast Cancer

Four women from four different states, with one major thing in common – they are all breast cancer survivors. Oh, and one more thing – they all love to bowl! Kathy, Barb, Kristal and Shannon are the inspirational winners of the 2014 Fabulous Four Contest, an essay contest launched by Bowl for the Cure®. Now in its 14th year, Bowl for the Cure® was created through a partnership between Susan G. Komen and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), and has raised more than $10 million to date to support the fight against breast cancer.

Four inspiring women were chosen from a nationwide pool of applicants to experience the once-in-a-lifetime trip. It was a week that the four ladies will never forget. Not as bowlers, and definitely not as breast cancer survivors. They started their five-day trip in Dallas, where they toured Komen’s Global Headquarters – and we at Komen got to celebrate them.

From there, the ladies were whisked to the International Bowling Campus (IBC) in Arlington, TX, where they toured the International Bowling Museum and Hall of Fame, and received a really special opportunity – a bowling lesson from Team USA coaches. Then it was off to Reno, Nevada, where they were part of the opening ceremonies at the Women’s Championships, and bowled at the team event as the Fabulous Four.  Watch highlights from their five-day adventure.

Meet the winners

We at Komen were so inspired by these four women:

Shannon Thompson & her daughters

Shannon Thompson – Spring Creek, NV – Shannon was diagnosed at the age of 34, with three small children. She didn’t let it keep her down – “rocking the bald head,” she fundraised not for herself, but for Komen, because she wanted to help prevent anyone else having to go through what she did.

Kristal Kelly – Smithfield, NC – Kristal’s mom died of breast cancer at the age of 45; eleven years to the day she lost her mother, Kristal received her own breast cancer diagnosis. Since then, she has lost other family members to breast cancer, and volunteers with organizations fighting to eradicate the disease.

Kathy Adams – Bountiful, UT – During training for the Salt Lake Marathon, Kathy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Going through surgery and reconstruction, the weeks of inactivity were difficult. Today, Kathy is running marathons, riding her bike, and is in two bowling leagues.

Barb Demorest – Bellingham, WA – Breast cancer gave her a new purpose in life. After an unsuccessful attempt at breast reconstruction, she was inspired to create knitted “knockers” – she networked yarn shops, volunteer knitters and cancer clinics together, and now brings a smile to women’s faces when they are feeling hopeless and vulnerable.

Want to meet the Fab Four up close and personal? Watch the featured story in the July edition of Komen TV Take 5!

About the author

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Susan G. Komen has written 281 articles for Susan G. Komen® | Blog

Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen and launched the global breast cancer movement. Today, Komen is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures. Thanks to events like the Komen Race for the Cure®, we have invested more than $1.9 billion to fulfill our promise, becoming the largest source of nonprofit funds dedicated to the fight against breast cancer in the world.