The letters "ROD" are Bowles' father's initials, but she says they also stand for "Remember Our Dad."
The first year of the benefit, about 80 people attended. Last year, about 100 came.
"I'm hoping for 150 this year," Bowles said.
The event has been a good distraction for her, who still tears up when talking about her father.
"I'll meet people who have meso and be able to tell them about where good doctors are and give them advice from what I've learned," she said. "My dad was the type of person who would give somebody the shirt off his back. He can't be here to help people, but I can."
During this year's legislative session, Bowles and her mother approached Delegate Brady Paxton, D-Putnam, about having a statewide day dedicated to mesothelioma. Bowles serves as an ambassador for the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, which encourages participants to reach out to their state and local governments.
On Sept. 26, West Virginia will celebrate Mesothelioma Awareness Day thanks to Bowles efforts.
"It's showing up in more and more people now, because it stays in your body for 20 to 50 years before you know you have it," Bowles said.
Now, though, because of research efforts, more information is known about the cancer.
"Since daddy passed, I've heard of people living seven or eight years with the disease," Bowles said. "I wish no other daddy's girl would lose their father to this."
For more information about the benefit, go here.
Reach Kate White at kate.wh...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1723.