District Schools Donate Over $80,000 to the Komen Foundation

District Schools Donate Over $80,000 to the Komen Foundation
Posted on 01/18/2016
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Acting Superintendent Dr. DeeAnn Powell presents trophies to the top fundraisers. From left to right: Diane Wheeler, Melillo Middle School principal; Lindsey Lesniewski, Gardens Elementary principal; and Norma Gomez-Valenzuela, Fisher Elementary principal.

Diane Wheeler (right) accepts her first place trophy for the Komen Race for the Cure fundraising from Acting Superintendent Dr. DeeAnn Powell. 

The Pasadena ISD's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure team had another banner year -- thanks to the efforts of several district schools.

Team captains Dr. Karen Holt, Marsha Jones and Diane Wheeler reported that Pasadena ISD ranked first among all the teams in the Greater Houston area, raising $83,329. The Pasadena ISD remains the only school district to participate in the cause. Over the past 11 years, the district has donated $711,916 by selling Breast Cancer Awareness shirts.

Dr. Holt shared a special message for all of the participating schools and departments.

“A special thank you to each of you for your time, energy and effort in serving as positive role models for our students by encouraging them to make a difference in the world, regardless of the cause,” she said. “As a team, you are the heart and soul of this race. Thank you for fighting for a cure to eradicate breast cancer forever.” 

The shirts, sold during October, read "I will fight the good Fight, I will finish the Race, I will be a Survivor." They feature the names of 164 employees in the district who were personally effected by breast cancer. Of those names, 132 are survivors and 32 are women who succumbed to the disease.

The top three finishers are Melillo Middle School raising $16,500, Gardens Elementary with $3,989 and Fisher Elementary with $3,872.

For complete fund-raising results, click HERE.