Our history is simple: Ballard vs. The Big “C” is a bowling charity event that was created out of love and friendship for a Husband, Dad, Brother, Uncle and Friend. Team BVBC knew that through Bowling we could raise money to help other patients going through the cancer journey. Del Ballard, Jr. was diagnosed in May of 2010 with tonsil cancer and from that day forward, life has never been the same.
Sitting in the living room of the Ballard home one night while Del rested after treatment, a group of friends decided that We Could and Would create a fun event to help others. As the drinks flowed and the chatter went on, the event became a reality. “I remember saying to Terry Taylor the next day, I think if we get about 15 teams and raise about $10,000 we will be going in the right direction”. His response to me was the following: “CDB, you are way too low and it’s going to be bigger than that”. Terry was right and with the help of many, we have raised over $145,000 in three years for our community.
Our business plan was written, put into motion and everyone we contacted helped in one way or another. Our Team is strong and has grown over the last four years. It’s amazing what the love for one person can do and how it can change the lives of others.
We continue to grow and became an official 501C3. Our supporters which include: 28 sponsors, 52 teams, and over 600 people fill a bowling center over a weekend to give back to their community. Anyone that tells me things are not possible does not know the power of friendship or the power of the bowling community.
Del has helped many people over the years on and off the lanes, he was a true champion and one of the best the sport has seen, but it’s his strength in the midst of adversity that is amazing. BVBC is a true testament to how much he is loved.
Written by: Carolyn Dorin-Ballard – President BVBC
Wife of Del Ballard, Jr. – Cancer Survivor