Portage bowling alley gives thousands to cancer research after their own battle with disease

Portage bowling alley gives thousands to cancer research after their own battle with disease

Each year, the owners of J&J Fireball Lanes in Portage give thousands of dollars to cancer research, doing what they do best.

This year their bowling fundraiser brought in nearly $17,000.

The Baures started this with their business partners and friends two years ago, and each year they have raised more than $10,000.

Spent the day at J&J Fireball Lanes in Portage today. � The owners are coming off their latest victory in raising nearly $17,000 (!!) for cancer research. Way to go! �� #News3Now #DoSomethingGood pic.twitter.com/8PbUZBOr5o

— Amy Reid (@amyreidreports) April 2, 2019

They started this after Denise Baures got cancer and they wanted to give back to the Carbon Cancer Center.

“It’s great,” Jim Baures said. “It makes all of us feel good to be able to give back and maybe help someone else that’s going through the same issues that we went through.”

The first year Denise Baures knew she wanted the money to go to waiting room chairs, knowing how uncomfortable they were for all her hours of sitting and waiting.

“I spent a lot of hours there,” she said. “Waiting for doctor’s appointments. Waiting for chemotherapy… I think we’d get there at 8 in the morning. I think we’d get out at 4 in the afternoon. I mean it’s an all-day ordeal.”

This year the Baures are donating their funds to lung cancer research, in honor of the former owner of the alley who passed away from the disease two years ago.

They said none of this would be possible without support from the community.

“We can’t thank them enough for helping make this what it is,” Denise Baures said. “Without them it wouldn’t be anything.”

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