Guinness Bowler Thomas Becker to bowl here Thursday

LIHU`E – Thomas Becker, the Guinness World Record holder for Marathon Bowling

will be appearing at the Lihu`e Bowling Center on Thursday, May 25 from 5 p.m.

through 9 p.m. for a first-of-its-kind charity tour.

The AMF/Fight

Tour is designed to raise money to help raise awareness of, and money for

research into spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a debilitating genetic condition

that is the leading inherited cause of infant death in the United


The Tour features Becker who recently broke his own record by

knocking down pins for 30 hours and 48 minutes straight. Each of his attempts

has been dedicated to finding a cure for SMA.

“I saw a baby named

Allie Brenner on television. She had SMA, and I wanted to help,” said

Becker. “I raised a lot of money for her by setting the record for

Marathon Bowling. But, I didnt realize the illness was so severe that it would

kill her a month and a half later, when she was only 11 months old. At that

point, I promised her and all of the other kids with SMA that I wouldnt stop

bowling until a cure was found.”

The tour will visit one city in each

of the 50 states. It kicked off May 10th in Denver, and will wrap up on August

21. In each state, Becker will bowl 100 strikes to raise awareness of SMA.

Through corporate and individual donations, he hopes to raise $1 million for

SMA research. AMF Bowling, Inc., the title sponsor of the tour, decided to

support this national effort to show that the bowling community can really make

a difference. The tour is also sponsored and organized by several bowling

organizations, including the ABC, IABC, YABA, and WIBC. Thomas is a member of

the ABC.

Individuals or corporations wishing to get involved or get more

information should go to or call the tour office

1-877-9-AMF-SMA, or the Lihu`e Bowling Center.


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