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Celebrity Bowling Champions, The Barnes Family & Friends, help Strike Out Diabetes at 2nd Annual Event Benefiting JDRF

June 17, 2011

Chris and Lynda Barnes, championship bowlers and parents of a young son living with type 1 diabetes, led the way at the Strike Out Diabetes fundraising event at AMF Lewisville Lanes on Saturday, June 4, 2011. It was a wonderful success raising over $50,000 for diabetes research to find a cure! Additionally, the event had an impressive line up of Chris & Lynda’s fellow professional bowling friends including Shannon O’Keefe, Stefanie Nation, Tennelle Milligan, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Clara Guerrero, Del Ballard, Tommy Jones, Sean Rash and Derek Eoff.

For the event, participants of all ages and experience paid $300 to reserve a lane. Each player also raised a minimum of $100 (five per team) with all funds benefiting the JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter. There was fun to be had by all that attended including a silent auction, prize drawings, trick shots, colored pin strike prizes and live auction items including one of a kind Strike Out Diabetes bowling pins, autographed t-shirts and even Shannon O’Keefe’s jersey!

Strike Out Diabetes is an awareness and fund-raising initiative partnering with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). With bowling continuing to grow as a family sport for all ages, this program has something that everyone can get involved in. The JDRF Greater Dallas Chapter launched this pilot program with the Barnes Family in November 2009 for National Diabetes Awareness Month. Since then, the Strike Out Diabetes program has raised a total of over $90,000 for JDRF. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to this great success including Chris and Lynda Barnes, the professional bowlers, participants, sponsors and volunteers!

Support JDRF and STRIKE out Diabetes with a donation!

Professional bowlers, Lynda and Chris Barnes, have twin boys, Troy and Ryan. In 2008, Troy was suddenly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. To stay alive, Troy must take multiple insulin injections daily and test his blood sugar by pricking his finger 6 or more times a day. While insulin allows Troy to stay alive, it does not cure diabetes. Since Troy’s diagnosis, the Barnes’ have dedicated their celebrity status and resources to helping JDRF find a cure, including Lynda becoming a Board Member of the Greater Dallas Chapter.

View more photos from the event on the JDRF Dallas Flickr Page or Tammy Kay’s Photography

The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. JDRF is the world’s largest private funder and advocate of type 1 diabetes research and is responsible for more than $1.5 billion in direct funding since it was founded in 1970. JDRF funds research with the greatest impact throughout the world, leading to results as soon as possible. Learn more about JDRF.

Strike Out Diabetes merchandise is still available for purchase by email at STRIKEoutDiabetes@yahoo.com or make a donation.

To learn more about Strike Out Diabetes visit the Strike Out Diabetes website.

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

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