Bunko tournament aids cancer research

KINGMAN – Saving a life could be as easy as rolling a set of dice.

A local group of 12 women who get together regularly to play bunko have decided to put on a tournament to aid in breast cancer research.

The idea got started with one member, Maggie Pozenel, who was diagnosed at age 36 with breast cancer. After several difficult surgeries and treatments, she is celebrating her fifth year in remission. Every year she does something to aid in researching a cure, and the group decided this year to host a bunko tournament. All of the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

“This is such a worthy cause and will touch so many women in Mohave County,” said survivor Pozenel. “Awareness and research has saved innumerable lives. I believe we all know of someone, a mother, a sister, a friend, a co-worker, someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. And with continued support from foundations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation, I know we will find the causes and risks and we will beat this. I’m proof of it.”

The tournament, which is being sponsored by State Title and Century 21 Barbara Ricker, will be held on Aug. 5 at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Registration to play is $25 per person and is limited to 100 people.

Door prizes will be given out all night, but the big token is the grand prize. The winner will receive a night’s stay at the Riverside Casino in Laughlin, a rental car and two tickets to see blue-collar comedian Bill Engel.

Each participant, according to Pozenel, will receive a T-shirt, a pink breast cancer awareness bracelet, a magnet, a self-breast exam shower card and more.

“Working through a network of U.S. and international affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure, the Komen Foundation is fighting to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by funding research grants and supporting education, screening and treatment projects in communities around the world,” Pozenel said.

To register for the event, contact Jo at 530-0337 or 757-5712. For those not wanting to play or unable to attend, donations will be accepted. Registration will go through July 31 but is limited to the first 100 participants.

To learn more about the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, contact the Phoenix affiliate at (602) 544-3366.