Frogs for the Cure celebrate recent success

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Frogs for the Cure chair and breast cancer survivor Ann Louden made a special announcement and planned for the future at the organization’s 11th annual victory celebration on Tuesday.

After a decade of service and engagement for breast cancer awareness, Louden said there is even more excitement planned for the upcoming year.

Frogs for the Cure is an on-campus organization that works with Susan G. Komen for the Cure to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. The annual Frogs for the Cure Victory Celebration is an event that recognizes everyone who was engaged in the organization’s efforts the previous year.

“The event is a celebration of all we have accomplished in 2015 and an opportunity for us to present the funds that have been directed toward Susan G. Komen,” Louden said.

Louden also said the event was an opportunity to reminisce about creating and producing the organization’s annual music video. Last year’s video included more than 2,000 participants.

Guests at the victory celebration interacted with SuperFrog, TCU cheerleaders, Athletic Director Chris Del Conte and NBC’s The Voice contestant Luke Wade, one of two featured vocalists in the 2015 Frogs for the Cure music video.

“I love making music and playing shows, but what I enjoy even more is taking things I’ve learned from music and the fans I’ve made and connecting them with a great cause,” Wade said. “I’ve learned so much from people’s stories and have been touched by Komen and those involved in this fight. This will forever affect the way I write and perform music.”

The mission of Frogs for the Cure includes providing awareness, offering education to TCU’s campus and the greater Fort Worth community and providing support to survivors and their families.

Since its start in 2005, Frogs for the Cure has raised more than half a million dollars for Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth.

Six-year breast cancer survivor and breast cancer awareness advocate Debbie Stevenson praised TCU for its involvement with spreading awareness.

“Frogs for the Cure had a wonderful year in 2015,” Stevenson said. “What TCU is doing by spreading the word about breast cancer awareness is very important, especially to the young generation.”

TCU, the only school in America that has a partnership with Susan G. Komen, was the first school in the country to host “pink-out” athletic games.

Many who planned to attend the victory celebration expressed their enthusiasm for the program.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing where the vision for Frogs for the Cure is going in 2016,” said Connor Roe, junior communication studies major.

“There’s a real passion behind Frogs for the Cure and there are more people behind this cause than ever before,” said Liz Stallard, a senior whose mother is a two-time breast cancer survivor.