After his father passed away in 2011, Darian Elliot—then just 16 years old—resolved to honor his memory and end colorectal cancer at the same time through a shared love: bowling. For the last six years, Darian, his mother Pam, and their family have hosted the Tony Elliot Memorial Colorectal Cancer Alliance Bowling Fundraiser at Sandpiper Lanes in North Charleston, South Carolina. Their 2017 event raised more than $4,000.
Combined with previous years’ totals, more than $30,000 has been donated in Tony’s memory to the Alliance’s Blue Hope Financial Assistance Program. We asked Darian and Pam some of our burning questions around about what it means to be an ally, how they feel about giving back, and bowling, of course:
Alliance: Why did you pick bowling as your way to fundraise?
Pam: Darian wanted to honor his dad’s memory and make sure no one went through what his dad went through. In doing so, he hoped it would ease his pain. Our family has bowled for many years with Darian being an an avid bowler since he was 5 years old. He thought it would be a great avenue to raise awareness, since his dad was an avid bowler as well.
Alliance: What does being an ally (with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance) mean to you?
Pam: Being an ally means raising awareness so others don’t go through what their dad went through. After watching the kids go through the pain of losing their father in such a terrible way, it motivates my family to make sure no one else loses their loved one to colorectal cancer.
Alliance: If you could pick a bowling team of anyone living or dead, who would you pick and why?
Darian: Norm Duke, Jason Belmonte, Pete Weber, and me. These are the great bowlers of all time, and I would love to be beside them.
Alliance: How would you encourage others interested in our cause to give back?
Darian: Start with what you love and work from your heart.
Alliance: What’s your best bowling advice for someone new to the game?
Darian: Have fun and don’t stress about it. Take it one ball at a time.
Thank you to the entire Elliot family for their ongoing support as they help “strike” out colorectal cancer in our lifetime!
If you are interested in hosting a fundraiser to support the Colorectal Cancer Alliance, please contact Jordan Winn, manager of individual giving, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 207-0246.