In December I received an email saying that I had been chosen as a DONNA Ambassador. I’m very excited that a month from today I get the opportunity to participate in the 26.2 With Donna, Finish Breast Cancer events on the weekend of February 22-23. I have many friends that have run the marathon and have told me it’s a great race with great crowd support. I have decided to run the half.
26.2 with DONNA: (as posted on website)
26.2 with DONNA is a private non-profit organization in Northeast Florida producing the only marathon in the U.S. dedicated solely to raising funds to end breast cancer. One hundred percent of raised funds and race proceeds for all 26.2 with DONNA events go to breast cancer research and care.
Since its inaugural year in 2008, 26.2 with DONNA has contributed $3.5 million to its beneficiaries. Seventy percent (70%) of proceeds go to the Mayo Clinic for bench top breast cancer research. Thirty percent (30%) of proceeds go to The Donna Foundation to help breast cancer patients with critical financial needs.
The DONNA Foundation: (as posted on website)
Donna Deegan, three-time breast cancer survivor and founder of 26.2 with DONNA, also founded The Donna Foundation, a nonprofit organization formed to raise money exclusively for those on the First Coast living with breast cancer.
The Foundation provides temporary assistance for women and men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. In partnership with Catholic Charities, the largest social services organization in the area, recipients are screened to ensure proper stewardship of contributions. The ultimate goal of The Donna Foundation is to fund a program that focuses on early intervention, and provides regular screenings and diagnostics for women who could otherwise not afford such services.
Since its inception in June of 2003, The Donna Foundation has been successful in assisting over 7,000 local women and raising over $2 million. In addition, the Foundation has been successful in obtaining agreements with vendors to supply chemotherapy drugs, Lymphadema treatments and supplies, medical services, prescriptions, and even wigs at a discounted rate.
It’s 3 days of fun and racing that includes four different distances. The 5k & Family Run is Saturday, February 22nd at 8:00 a.m. Something pretty cool about this 5k…you get a medal when you cross the finish line along with an awesome tech shirt. I’m sad I will not be there for this race. I will be driving in later.
Also on Saturday is the 110 Ultra Marathon & Relay. (As posted on the website)
In 2012, five individuals and two relay teams inspired by the 110% Play Harder Challenge ran 110 miles and raised more than $115K. In 2014, the Challenge continues! Individuals and relay teams will cover 110 miles to finish breast cancer and will raise an estimated $100,000 as a part of the challenge. Participants will run through the night in Atlantic Beach from the 110 Base Camp located in Bull Memorial Park. DONNA Curb Crews are invited all night to cheer these participants to the finish line!
The Marathon and Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, February 23rd.
If for some reason you can’t make the race weekend and would like to run and raise money, there is a virtual race that you can enter now. Here is some info from the DONNA Virtual page:
Finish breast cancer with us, anywhere in the world and earn your very own DONNA Finisher’s Medal! New this year we are offering a Virtual Marathon and Half Marathon. Run 13.1 or 26.2 miles between January 1 and March 2, 2014 anywhere in the world, raise $150 for 26.2 with Donna, share your results and photos with us on Facebook or Twitter – and you’ll receive our famous Finisher’s Medal and certificate of completion right to your door.
Along with training for the half, I am also fundraising to help raise monies for research and for those breast cancer patients that are in need of financial assistance. Please help me reach my goal of $500! Any amount will help! Just click on the image below to be directed to my fundraising page.
If you can donate and come race the half with me, that would be AWESOME! Thank you for any donation you can make and remember it’s all for a great cause!