Thirteen is a Lucky Number for Three Brothers Bakery Owners

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Thirteen years ago Janice Jucker was diagnosed with breast cancer and she and her husband, Bobby, celebrate her survival every year with a bake sale at the family’s bakery benefitting Susan G. Komen Houston.

Pink ribbon petit fours from Three Brothers Bakery support Susan G. Komen Houston during October

Pink ribbon baked goods support Susan G. Komen Houston

"We do not realize how much people care about you until you are facing adversity. They want to help you, so let them," said breast cancer survivor and bakery co-owner Janice Jucker.

Janice Jucker considers this year to be the “bat mitzvah” of her diagnosis because she was diagnosed with breast cancer thirteen years ago. Janice and her husband Bobby consider themselves lucky because she survived. Every year since her diagnosis the family bakery, Three Brothers Bakery, has had a bake sale to benefit Susan G. Komen Houston because this organization gave her support during her journey. The local Komen office had another survivor call her, and she stayed with her throughout her journey and is still a friend today. Most importantly the Juckers know it is because of the research done over the last 30 years toward finding a cure for breast cancer is what enabled Janice to call herself a survivor.

Janice was the 10th person on her mother’s maternal line to be diagnosed with breast cancer and third on her mother’s paternal line, yet she tests negative for a genetic mutation that could be a cause. Her doctors tell her there must be a mutation, but they still do not know what it might be. Janice does participate in a genetic study at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. It is for this reason she continues to support Susan G. Komen Houston. Janice said “there is a direct correlation between breast cancer survivorship and the inception of Susan G. Komen. They know who is doing the cutting edge research and who can help people get the screenings they need, which is why it is my charity of choice in this fight against breast cancer.”

Throughout her journey, she learned that sometimes the treatment can be harder on the people around you than it is on you. Because of this revelation, she made light of the difficult situation and threw a surgery party for her husband, fifth generation baker Bobby Jucker, and sister in the surgery waiting room with more than 50 of their closest friends and family members in attendance during her 11-hour surgery. A friend made a sign in book, so she would know who came to support her loved ones and even had a place for an uplifting note to Janice from her “party” attendees.

Janice learned from this experience that “we do not realize how much people care about you until you are facing adversity. They want to help you, so let them.” She said to tell them what you need at this time in your life. It helps to give you a positive attitude and willpower, so accept the support and help of friends and family.

The Three Brothers Bakery bake sale goes on the entire month of October at all three locations and online. A portion of proceeds from the sales of their signature pink ribbon baked goods will be donated to Janice’s race fund supporting Susan G. Komen Houston. The three stores are located at:

4036 S. Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77025
12393 Kingsride Lane, Houston, TX 77024
4606 Washington Avenue, Houston, TX 77007
Online at 3brothersbakery.com

About Three Brothers Bakery

The traditions of Three Brothers Bakery began in Chrzanow, Poland circa 1825, and were preserved despite the family’s concentration camp imprisonment during the Holocaust. Their miraculous liberation, and subsequent move to Houston, brought Eastern European scratch baking traditions to 4036 S. Braeswood Blvd, 12393 Kingsride Lane, and 4606 Washington Ave where the owners are now proud to call themselves “memory makers who happen to be bakers®.” Perfecting the process for almost 200 years, each day the fifth generation scratch bakers produce mostly dairy-free breads and pastries, cookies, a full line of specialty dessert cakes and pies, as well as custom birthday, special occasion, wedding and groom’s cakes using only the highest quality ingredients.

The Three Brothers Bakery pecan pie was named “the Best Mail Order Pecan Pie America has to offer” by Country Living magazine multiple times; bakery owner, Bobby Jucker, competed in the popular ‘Food Network Challenge’ and has been seen on Food Network’s Outrageous Food and other national food shows. Three Brothers Bakery won “Best Mail-Order Pies 2012” from Bon Appetit, as well as Modern Baking’s “2013 Retail Bakery of the Year” and was part of The Knot’s “2010-2013 Best of Weddings” and “Hall of Fame” picks. In 2019, the bakery won the SBA’s Family-Owned Small Business of the Year by the Houston division. Three Brothers Bakery was named one of “America’s 20 Best Bakeries” by The Daily Meal in 2016 and in 2017 blue ribbon champion at the American Pie Council’s National Pie Championship for their key lime pie in that category, and in 2018, the bakery’s Pumpecapple Pie Cake was featured on BuzzFeed’s ‘Worth It’ web series.

In 2018, Three Brothers Bakery received the SBA Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery and encourages everyone to “shop disaster zones” to help small businesses recover after natural disasters.

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