Pearson Rolls 300 While Fighting Cancer
Kenneth Pearson may have already had a few 300 games but his league is going to remember the one he had in January for a long time. Fran Deken, who bowls league with Kenneth, posted this message on Facebook:
“Tonight I witnessed an amazing 300 game by Ken Pearson. What made it so amazing is that he’s between chemo rounds for colon cancer and has even bowled league while wearing a portable chemo pack. Not his first perfect game but certainly a memorable one. Now that’s passion for the game. Ball of choice was an IQ Tour Fusion.”
When we saw Fran’s message and the video of his 300, we had to hear more about Kenneth’s story. He has been bowling for 20 years and currently bowls four leagues a week. He was diagnosed with colon cancer in June and had surgery in August. After his surgery was complete, he was in the hospital for 11 days and couldn’t wait to get back to the lanes.
“I did what the doctors told me.” Kenneth said. “They said once I got my staples off and I could get around more thenI could go back to bowling.”
His teammates were anxious and kept asking him when he’d be back on the lanes. He knew he had to wait until he got back to the doctor and was fully released to bowl.
“I went to my appointment and I said, ‘You know what I’m going to ask. My teammates want to know when they can have their anchorman back.’”
What made it so amazing is that he’s between chemo rounds for colon cancer and has even bowled league while wearing a portable chemo pack.
Kenneth, who is also blind in one eye is set to continue his radiation and chemo again in February, but he’s not ready to let it bring him down.
“My wife, 18-year-old, and 8-year-old keep me going,” Kenneth said. “I’m not going to let it knock me down. I’ll stay motivated and keep on going.”
Kenneth chooses to throw Storm bowling balls because they roll best for his style. In fact, his bag is full of Storm. He says it’s hard to choose a favorite but his favorite right now is the Snap Lock. His 18-year-old got it for him for his birthday and he rolled a 300 with it. He dreams to bowl some professional events someday.
“Right now, I got to keep fighting the cancer,” Kenneth said. “If you fight it, then you can beat it.”