Texana’s Learning Center at Rosenberg’s newly formed Cooking Class discovered that Sue Abke, a member of Texana’s Supported Employment team, is planning to run a ½ marathon in San Francisco to raise funds for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Abke lost her daughter, Heather at the age of 23 to lymphoma, this had been their dream that when Heather got better they would run to raise money for LLS. As Heather’s birthday would have been in October, what better way to honor her than to join 20,000 other women and race through the streets of San Francisco in Heather’s memory, raising funds and awareness for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and helping to cross the ultimate finish line – a cure!
When the Texana Cooking Class members and volunteers; Marilyn Ewing and Jeannette Reis, heard about what Sue was about to do they decided they would help by organizing a Breakfast Taco Sale to donate to her run. Early on Wednesday morning, the volunteers and a handful of clients arrived in the Learning Center kitchen and got busy. Soon a great smell permeated from the kitchen and the tacos, coffee and juice were ready, a line had already formed – Dianne Wilson, Fort Bend County Clerk was there to pick up an order for thirty-plus tacos for the County Offices, she later wrote “Please express my thanks to all who cooked and prepared the tacos. They were delicious”!!
The Cooking Class learned a lot from their first Breakfast Taco Sale, the Texana clients learned how to make breakfast tacos, they also learned about giving back and supporting others, and they raised $97 in the space of two hours. Manuel Lopez, learning Center Manager said “as a non-profit organization ourselves, we know how important it is for Texana to have support from the community, however, we also know that it is equally important to give back, which is why we encourage our clients to participate in fundraising and volunteering for other organizations. It also helps to fully integrate our clients with intellectual & developmental disabilities into the community”.
Sue Abke’s goal is $3,200, she has already to date she raised over $1,000 through other fundraisers and raffles. She will also be walking in honor of Cory Morton, a 3rd grader from El Campo, her sister Jo Ann Dorr and brother-in-law, Wayne Abke who are all battling cancer.
If you would like to make a donation mail checks or money orders made payable to the LLS and send them to 2805 Madison Avenue, Rosenberg, Texas 77471.