Breast Cancer kills over 40,000 women per year. Over 200,000 new women are diagnosed each year. Once detected, the cost of treatment ranges from $20,000 to $100,000 over the patience life time. These are some very serious numbers for a very serious topic.
Bowling for Boobies is an annual event that raises money to help women in the United States pay their medical and living costs while undergoing treatment. There last even raised over $100,000.
One of the groups returning this year are the Speed Demons. They consist of Jane Wiedlin guitarist for the Go-Gos and writer for Lady Robotika, Thomas Lennon of Reno 911 and a few stories in Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror, Actress Starina Johnson and Adult actress and model Darla Crane.
Crane explains why she participates in the event and where the team name comes from: ” The Speed Demons team is in honor of our late friend Edith Speed. Edith was battling a second round of breast cancer at the time of her death and Bowling For Boobies was very important to her.”
Speed was the co-founder of Bowling for Boobies. Her story was shared by BJ Gallagher, her father-in-law in an interview with the Huffington Post. Gallagher told how after having to sell her car to pay the first round of treatment, Speed took her own life when the cancer returned. In a note she left, Speed said she didn’t want to go through it again, she didn’t have another car to sell and didn’t want to leave her family with medical bills.
If you are interested in donating to Speed Demon or any of the other teams participating October 6, 2013 or if you would like to sign up and bowl yourself, you can do so here.