Thursday, January 28, 2010

Williams Made a Dream Come True

Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) Hall of Famer and all-time titles leader
Walter Ray Williams Jr., made a dream come true for 15-year-old Eric Mandzuch of
Los Angeles, who has recently recovered eye cancer, prior to the start of the One
Day Dick Weber Open.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation and PBA teamed up to allow Mandzuch to bowl
with Williams at Fountain Bowl in Fountain Valley, CA, where the teenager also
received some valuable pointers to help with his game during a friendly
three-game match.

“I’m overwhelmed to be here,” said Mandzuch, who holds a 194 average. “It’s
amazing to see all these pros here. Being here is giving me a lot of inspiration
to pursue my dream of becoming a pro bowler.”

While Williams won their three-game match (608-531), the experience was
something Mandzuch will never forget.

“He gave me a lot of help with my spares,” the Culver Park Independent Study
High School sophomore said. “I found out how tough it was to bowl on PBA lane
conditions. I can see why these guys are the best.”

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening
medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his
dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest
wish-granting charity in the world, with 65 chapters in the United States and
its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers
the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted
more than 180,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more
information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit and discover how
you can “share the power of a wish®.”

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