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 SMA.com
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
Individuals or corporations wishing to get involved or get more
information should go to www.fightsma.com or call the tour office
1-877-9-AMF-SMA, or the Lihu`e Bowling Center.