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Zumbathon for Mesothelioma planned

Aug. 16, 2013 @ 08:37 PM

POCA — A Zumbathon for Mesothelioma is planned for noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Poca Middle School gym.

The cost to participate is $20, and proceeds benefit the effort to research a cure for mesothelioma, which is a rare cancer linked to asbestos exposure.

The Zumbathon is organized by Missy Dorsey Bowles, who lost her father to mesothelioma five years ago. It is sponsored by Brian Prim with Prim Law Firm in Hurricane.

Aug. 24 was chosen for the Zumbathon because it is also the birthday of Bowles’ father, Richard O. Dorsey, who would have turned 71 this year. This is the second annual Zumbathon for Mesothelioma and one of several fundraisers organized by Bowles since her father’s death.

“Seeing it take my daddy was heartbreaking and life changing in itself, but knowing others were dying too and knowing how selfless my daddy was, I had to step up in his place and in his name and help others,” Bowles said in a news release.

Danielle Dunkley, a Zumba instructor at Generations in  Poca, will lead the Zumbathon along with a few other instructors. Dunkley has also experienced loss from mesothelioma.

Bowles also hosts a RODs Benefit for Meso Fundraising Event Day, set for Sept. 21 in Eleanor, W.Va. This is the fourth year for the 5k run/walk and benefit fun day to bring awareness and raise funds for research.

For more information or registration forms for the Zumbathon or the September 5K, visit www.rodsbenefit4meso.webs.com, call Bowles at 304-395-0636, or stop by Generation Impact Center in Poca and see Dunkley.