Many people often overlook the pageant industry. They are quick to see the gorgeous gowns, glaring spotlights, and the beautiful tiaras that women adorn, but they often underestimate the philanthropic aspect of pageantry. The Miss Houston and Miss Houston Teen Pageant have partnered with The JuCan Foundation, a Houston-based not-for-profit, to bring both support and awareness to cancer & treatments. The Foundation is inspired by Julia Cobb, who was diagnosed with ewing sarcoma at age six, and has transformed the lives of many others through her powerful story. Once diagnosed, her father, a cancer survivor, stressed the importance of the first three letters in ‘cancer’ – “CAN.” He then paired it with her nickname “Ju,” and kept reminding her that “Ju can do it, and that God will faithfully do the rest.”
The Miss Houston Pageant has teamed up with The JuCan Foundation to help aid it’s mission of assisting families that are seeking cancer treatment in Houston. Not only do they provide assistance with medical bills, but they also consider overlooked costs which include transportation, lodging, airfare, relocation, and even funeral costs, for those who lose loved ones to cancer. JuCan’s future goal is to purchase real estate in Houston that can house families seeking treatment at MD Anderson.
To give to The JuCan Foundation, please visit their website www.jucan.cc/.