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Bowl-A-Thon Held in Morgantown to Benefit Pediatric Brain Cancer

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A Bowl-A-Thon was held in Morgantown at Suburban Lanes on Sunday for a good cause.

Johnny Koon was just 14-years-old when he passed away from brain cancer in 2005.

"He was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2000 and he was treated for five years. He passed away in 2005," said Michele Koon, Johnny's mother.

In Johnny's honor, his family started the Johnny Koon Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund at the West Virginia University Children's Hospital.

"We just partnered up with WVU Children's Hospital to give back to the community and try to find some research and ways to fund researching there," said Koon.

The Johnny Koon Foundation held the 2nd annual Bowl-A-Thon to raise money for the research fund. It was $2 a game, and donations were accepted.

Koon said this seemed like a fun way to raise money.

"We've been fundraising for two years and someone mentioned a Bowl-A-Thon and I thought that sounded like a fun fundraiser and so we just did it," Koon said.

Family, friends, and even strangers showed up to support the good cause.

"It was overwhelming seeing people we didn't know come through the door to help," explained Koon.

Johnny's family was at the Bowl-A-Thon to help raise money and his aunt said that's what he would've wanted.

"It's really important to be able to sit back and help others in his memory. He would have wanted that out of his family, that's just the kind of person he was," said Marianne Friel, Johnny's aunt.

The Bowl-A-Thon isn't the only thing the family does in Johnny's memory.

"We've gone and helped at the Ronald McDonald House supplying meals, in September we do a balloon release in Johnny's honor," said Friel.

The family said it plans to have the Bowl-A-Thon again next year. If you would like more information about the Johnny Koon Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund you can visit the web site, or email it at

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