Bakery owner works to end breast cancer after personal battle

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by KHOU.com Staff

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Posted on October 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 7 at 5:41 PM

HOUSTON--From seriously good shortbread to a serious commitment to ending breast cancer, somehow Janice Jucker finds time to do it all.

It was six years ago that the owner of Three Brothers Bakery was diagnosed with the disease—the eighth woman in her family to go through it.

"When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my sister told my niece, who was 10, and she said to her, ‘Mommy, does that mean I’m gonna get breast cancer?’ And all my sister could say was, ‘We’re going to find a cure. Things are going to get better,’" said Jucker.

It’s partly because of her niece that she keeps fighting. Now cancer-free after a double mastectomy, Jucker works to raise money for a cure. That includes drumming up donations for this weekend’s Komen Race for the Cure in Houston with her very popular bakery.

"So, of course we have our pink ribbon cookies. They are gingerbread dipped in white chocolate and we do our ribbon with buttercream," said Jucker.

A portion of the sales go to Komen as a way for Jucker to give back to the foundation that helped her get through after the diagnosis.

"The thing that we don’t talk about is those five years after. And those drugs that we take afterwards—it’s tough. And I found my support through the women at Komen that I met. And I found out they went through the same things and that I wasn’t alone," said Jucker.

Now the women who needed support is offering it to those who need it now.

The Komen Race for the Cure takes place Saturday, October 6 in downtown Houston.

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