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FOUNTAIN VALLEY : 'Strike Out Crohn's' Bowl-a-Thon Today

March 05, 1994|DEBRA CANO

Thirteen-year-old Holly Martin has missed a lot of school because of her disease. She is also small for her age because the disease stunted her growth.

Holly has also been teased by her classmates because when she takes a certain medication to control the disease, her face swells. The Fountain Valley seventh-grade student can't eat certain foods such as pizza or spaghetti, and she has endured a lot of pain since she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease three years ago.

In an effort to raise public awareness and money for research, a "Strike Out Crohn's & Colitis" bowl-a-thon will be held today at Fountain Bowl, 17110 S. Brookhurst St.

The disease affects the intestines and creates a variety of symptoms including rectal bleeding, lower abdominal pain and diarrhea. It is not a widely known ailment, but an estimated 30,000 people in Orange County suffer from Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

The event will be held from 1 to 6 p.m., and the public is invited to bowl. Bowlers can either donate a minimum of $35 to participate or get their own sponsors, Angotta said.

Troy Drayton, a player for the Los Angeles Rams, will also be on hand from 2 to 4 p.m.

Proceeds will go toward research, public and professional education and support services for patients and families.

For more information, call (714) 343-3637.

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