At the final Frogs for the Cure Celebration on Feb. 16, survivors, music video participants and volunteers all gathered to honor the success of the organization, but to also honor Louden herself.
Many gave speeches sharing stories of their time working with Frogs for the Cure and praising Louden for all she has done.
TCU senior Connor Roe said he was happy they get to graduate together. “There is such a legacy left here,” he said.
When thinking of her own legacy, Louden said she hopes she has just made a difference.
“I want to have touched lives so that people experience the power of being engaged in higher education and also find their own place as a volunteer,” she said.
Her legacy will live on, however, in the people she is leaving behind.
She said she will return from time to time to participate in events and visit her daughter Carey, a first-year.
“For me to pass on my purple clothes and my purple traditions is a little less painful with someone in my family that’s here and that I can come back to see,” Louden said.
“I hope I’ve served to some as a mentor or an example of how to push through when you have a challenge,” Louden said.
For Victoria Reneau, that’s exactly what she’s done.
Reneau met Louden when she was a first-year student and took a leadership seminar that Louden was teaching. Reneau said she and Louden became acquaintances from the course. Some time later, she went to Louden looking for ways to get involved.
Louden introduced her to Frogs for the Cure. Five years later and Reneau is still a passionate volunteer and a great friend of Ann’s.
“I had the opportunity to develop those new skills and really figure out what I was capable of,” said Reneau. “She pushed me to things I never would have done.”
Reneau said others would have given up but that’s not Louden.
Reneau said Louden’s leaving didn’t shock her as much as it did everyone else. She said she knew of Louden’s ambitions and they had been conversing about them for some time.
“I know her passionate love of New York City, and her passionate love of new ideas and wanting to do the next best thing and change lives in whatever way possible,” said Reneau.
“As sad as it is for the TCU community because she’s been so hugely influential, it is absolutely the best thing for her,” Reneau said.
Reneau said even though the departure will be sad, she is just happy that she had such a good friend to spend time with.
“How lucky am I to have somebody in my life that makes saying goodbye so difficult,” Reneau said.
Louden said a lot of change will come from moving to New York and beginning new jobs.
But, she as ensured one thing: she will always be a frog.