Local mother, art director, cancer activist (and editor’s note: my dear friend) ALTHEA LEE is on a mission: engaging the community to find a homerun cure for all forms of cancer, starting first with pediatric brain cancer.
Seven years ago, Lee, the Houston director of The Cure Starts Now – Houston Hearts of Gold Chapter, and her husband, HENRY, lost their daughter, NICOLE, to this disease. In honor of Nicole Lee, the foundation is set to host their first 7 Rings of Gold Walk on Saturday, March 4, from 9–11:30am at the Memorial High School track. The family-friendly event benefits The Cure Starts Now Foundation. There will be food, booths, music and lots of fun – and since it’s a walk, anyone can do it.
The 7 Rings of Gold Walk will start and finish at the track with seven laps around the track to remember Nicole Lee’s seven years of life, which were cut short by DIPG, an aggressive, inoperable tumor of the brain stem. Nicole would have been a freshman at Memorial High School today. She was a student at Hunter’s Creek Elementary and a ballet student at the Houston Ballet. She wanted to be a teacher, and prayed every day to have a little brother. (Miraculously, Nicole’s prayers came true three years after her passing, when Henry, Althea and sister Natalie Lee welcomed Nathan Lee to their family.)
For 18 months, Nicole bravely battled cancer with the hope that one day she would be cured. Her faith touched those who saw her journey and inspired her family to create this new organization. “We are so excited to see our community come together to make a difference in the medical world,” says Althea. “Nicole would want us to believe that all things are possible with a little faith. She never gave up and neither will we in our fight against cancer.”
To register online:
Althea Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org for a registration form.