For Penny Ducote, supporting Susan G. Komen® Houston and the annual Komen Houston Race for the Cure® is her personal way of “doing” something positive – it’s her personal way to be proactive about a disease that affects thousands each year.
Penny is a 9 year breast cancer survivor and has been involved with Komen Houston for over 13 years. She has two daughters who are her biggest reason and motivation for why she joins Komen Houston each year to fight breast cancer. “I do not want my two lovely daughters to ever have to fear this disease. Should they ever get it, I want it to be curable.” she says.
This year, Penny ranked #92 on the 2015 Pink Honor Roll for her phenomenal fundraising efforts in raising $1,470 to support Komen Houston’s mission – to save lives and end breast cancer forever. She is the team captain for Team Creech Elementary. She credits their school’s involvement to their school principal Elena Thrun who after being diagnosed with breast cancer, asked Penny to get the school involved with the organization. Walking in the Race for the Cure® each year has become an annual tradition that is always on the school calendar.
Her team walks in honor of Penny and four other faculty and staff members who have battled breast cancer, as well as in memory of those that have lost their battle to breast cancer. Each fall, the school holds a “Fill the Pink Cup” Campaign in which each homeroom fills pink cups with donations and the class with the most filled cups wins. They also sell jean passes for faculty to wear jeans for a $5.00 donation to Komen and sell team t-shirts for additional fundraising. The morning of the Race, they meet at the school and caravan downtown to the Race. They take a group picture on the side steps of the City Hall Building, walk together, partake in all the Race activities and finally head back to Katy where they make one final stop at Pappasito’s for lunch as a team. “It’s always a great day!” Penny shares.