Meet our 2009 Race Chair Marica Pendjer!

Marica Pendjer, 2009 Race Chair

Marica Pendjer, 2009 Race Chair

It’s a good thing that Marica Pendjer doesn’t usually need much sleep. It helps on the morning of Race for the Cure when she arrives at her volunteer position at 4 a.m. (And mind you, this is a person who doesn’t drink coffee.) Her energy will also help her steer the Race committee and the long to-do list between now and September 27.

Marica is the 2009 Race for the Cure Chair, a volunteer position. She is a 10-year volunteer for the Komen Orange County Affiliate and each year she has been part of the Race committee. “I’ve gotten more out of it than I’ve put into it. What else was I going to do? I could watch TV or help raise $3.1 million. There’s no choice,” is how she puts it.

A major motivation for Marica is her mother Sanka, a 14-year breast cancer survivor. Marica’s mother, sister and nieces share Race weekend with her every year, commuting from New York for an annual family celebration.

Komen OC needs 1,200 volunteers for a safe and fun Race weekend. Since Marica is just one person, we need you too! (Coffee will be available for us more needy folks.) Learn more about Race volunteer needs today.

7 Responses

  1. It is so exciting to be a volunteer on Race weekend . . . to see the Pacific Life area come to life, to see the crowds who show up to be part of something so emotional and meaningful. What color hat will Marica wear this year? When on Sunday will I cry?

  2. I admire Marica’s dedication to serving the community. No job is ever too big or too small. She is a true gem!

  3. The camaraderie on Race Day is a true pleasure. Both new and long time volunteers come together for an amazing experience.

  4. Marica’s energy is amazing. We’ll all be cheering on Marcia as she “chairs”.
    Can’t wait for race weekend!!!

  5. Marica is an inspiration to us all! Can’t wait to join you on Race day.

  6. I really liked that post, I am a little confused, and have a tiny question. May I send you an email?

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