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‘First Family of Bowling’ Aims to Strike Out Diabetes

March 18, 2011

LEWISVILLE, TX – Ever wanted to bowl alongside a world champion? Ever wanted to help someone in need? You’re in luck, on both counts.

The Barnes Family

PBA Tour champions Chris and Lynda Barnes and their twin sons, Troy and Ryan – collectively known as the “First Family of Bowling” – are proud to announce their 2nd annual Strike Out Diabetes event, which will be held at AMF Lewisville Lanes on June 4, 2011.

The “Barnes Family & Friends Strike Out Diabetes” features a fun day of bowling, silent and live auctions, celebrity appearances, and chances to win great prizes – all with a goal of raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

“This event is near and dear to us not just because our son suffers from juvenile diabetes, but because we enjoy the great people who come out and bowl with us,” said Lynda Barnes, a member of the World Bowling Hall of Fame. “We’re honored to play a small role in raising funds for JDRF, which is truly a remarkable research organization.”

Individuals and companies alike are invited to participate in the event by sponsoring a lane, buying a playing spot and/or donating auction items. Lane sponsorships, priced at just $300, include lane signage, logo placement on the event t-shirts and program books, and slots for five bowlers. Bowlers are asked to bring in tax-deductible donations of $100 apiece, which will earn them tickets for a chance at special prizes.

Last year’s Strike Out Diabetes event raised more than $40,000 for JDRF. This year’s ambitious goal is to top the $50,000 mark.

“It’s a stretch goal, and it won’t be easy in this economic environment,” said Chris Barnes, the reigning PBA World Championship title holder. “But with the generous support of our sponsors, a team of incredible volunteers and the participation of even more bowling enthusiasts, we’ll get that much closer to finding a cure for juvenile diabetes.”

The event begins at noon, with an amazing trick shot exhibition by the Barnes’ and other pro bowlers, with play starting at 1:00 PM. The event will include three fun-filled games with different formats that make it enjoyable for any skill level. In addition to the live and silent auctions, participants will have a chance at colored-pin prizes and other exciting prize drawings.

For more information or to donate to JDRF, visit the StrikeOutDiabetes webpage.

About Chris and Lynda Barnes
Chris and Lynda Barnes are bowling’s reigning championship couple and both have won the most prestigious titles in bowling. In January, Chris won the 2011 PBA World Championships, becoming just the sixth player in PBA history to complete the sport’s Triple Crown. He has won 13 tour titles and is one of three bowlers to win both PBA Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors in their career. Lynda is a record 12-time member of Team USA, and winner of the 1998 and 2008 USBC Queens titles and dozens of international medals. She was elected to the World Bowling Writers Hall of Fame in 2007.

The husband-and-wife team reside in Double Oak, Texas, with their twin sons, Troy and Ryan.  In 2008, Troy was suddenly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. He must take multiple insulin injections daily and test his blood sugar by pricking his finger six or more times a day. While insulin allows Troy to stay alive, it does not cure diabetes.

About JDRF
JDRF is the worldwide leader for research to cure Type 1 diabetes. JDRF sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide. The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with Type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump – each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its potential complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.  Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with Type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.5 billion to diabetes research, including $107 million last year. More than 80 percent of JDRF’s expenditures directly support research and research-related education.

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To learn more about the JDRF Dallas chapter, visit our JDRF Dallas website!

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