Michelle Rigo

At just seven years old, Michelle tragically lost her 37 year old mother to breast cancer.  To lose someone so close at such a young age was obviously devastating.  With the support of her father and family members, she decided to turn her experience into something positive and make a difference.

As a child, Michelle began running in the Race for the Cure®, learning about the sense of achievement that comes from raising money for a cause so close to her heart.  Since then, Michelle has run in nearly every Race for over 25 years.  Her involvement with Komen increased, volunteering for the Komen Houston Affiliate and helping to raise huge amounts of money for the Pasta Party and the Pink Tie Gala.  In 2010, she was awarded the Komen Promise on One Award for lifetime achievement and involvement with Komen.

‘I became a volunteer because my mom died of breast cancer when I was only 7 and she was 37. I wanted to use my experience to help others, especially in regards to the impact of breast cancer, and me giving back is the best way to do that.  Komen allows me to keep the memory of my mom alive and make a positive experience out of my tragedy.’