Why not celebrate National Hearth Month with a relaxing game of bowling?
The WCA Hospital will be hosting its second annual Strike Out Heart Disease Bowl-A-Thon on Monday at Fountain Bowl, beginning at 5 p.m.
According to Karl Sisson, director of development at WCA, one in four deaths each year in the United States is caused by heart disease.
Steve Swanson throws a strike at the 2012 Strike Out Heart Disease fundraiser.
P-J file photo by Remington Whitcomb
"Each year, WCA Hospital tries to take the opportunity to host some kind of gathering for February, which is National Hearth Month," said Sisson. "We want to remind people that heart disease kills more Americans every year than any other disease. It's a blatant killer and needs to be better understood - we should all be finding ways to improve our heart health. WCA is not just there to care for you after you've experienced heart disease; we're here to try to educate you so you can avoid a life of heart disease. We love holding tributes to those who have fought and survived heart disease, but those events are usually pretty morose. We wanted to have a fun event that paid tribute to good heart health, so the Bowl-A-Thon was born out of that."
Sisson said that last year's Bowl-A-Thon was so much fun, that the hospital has decided to increase the number of games bowled this year by one. For $15, participants get to enjoy three games of bowling with shoes and some heart-healthy snacks. Additionally, a basket giveaway will take place during registration for the event.
The format of the Bowl-A-Thon is a Scotch Doubles format, which means that participants are allowed to sign up as a team of two or as an individual. Furthermore, if a large group would like to be grouped together on the same lanes, such requests can be accommodated.
"The format isn't about who is the best bowler, but rather about a lot of high-fiving and cheering for each other," said Sisson. "We're looking forward to it. We're back at Fountain Bowl, because they were great to us last year, and it was so much fun that we wanted to keep bowling, so we added another game."
Registration for the event is limited to the first 280 bowlers. According to Sisson, there is still plenty of room open. However those who would like to enter should have their registration forms in by Friday afternoon.
Registration forms can be found at www.wcahospital.org.