WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – This Thursday is more than just a day to eat turkey! It’s the Annual Turkey Bowl to Benefit The Sturge-Weber Foundation. Organizer Mark Kenney and his son, John Kenney who has Sturge-Weber Syndrome joined us to share more about this community event.
Thursday, November 27th
8:30AM – Noon
315 Piper Road
Football game, live music, kids activities and more!
To learn more visit TurkeyBowlFun.com.
About the Turkey Bowl:
Started in 2008 in West Springfield in honor of John Kenney, The Turkey Bowl has fast become a local tradition among many. John Kenney is an 8 year old boy affected with Sturge-Weber Syndrome. Sturge-Weber is a very rare disorder affecting the brain. John has lesions on a portion of his brain that prohibit that portion of the brain from growing. John also has a large port wine stain on his face which is sometimes common in Sturge-Weber cases.
Aside from the birthmark, you wouldn’t know that John was different from his 3rd grade peers. With a rare disorder, it was hard to find any answers to what was affecting John. When his family found The Sturge-Weber foundation in 2005, they realized that they were not alone in their struggle.
In 2008 Johns family had a small gathering of friends at their home and had a touch football game and collected donations. Now, five years later, it has become a tradition for many local families. The Turkey Bowl has a touch football game, live music, crafts, and many childrens activities. All proceeds go directly to the Sturge-Weber Foundation. While this event is a fundraiser we also hold it to raise awareness of this very rare disorder.