February 17, 2018

Thousands participate in 11th annual Donna Marathon

By Karl Oestreich

by Ashley Mitchem

Over 10,000 runners from all 50 states and 20 countries crossed the finish line Sunday in the Donna 26.2 Marathon. The run benefits the News 4 Jax Logononprofit organization The Donna Foundation, which provides financial assistance and support to those living with breast cancer and funds cure research. The foundation has served nearly 11,000 families in need and raised over $5 million in funding... After a decade of thousands running the marathon, it's more than just a run; it's the only marathon in the country dedicated to breast cancer research. And the research conducted happens in Jacksonville, at the Mayo Clinic, which is also where the finish line was for the race.

Reach: WAWS-TV/30 is the Fox affiliate. WTEV-TV/47 is the CBS affiliate in Jacksonville, Florida.

Context: Founder Donna Deegan is a three-time breast cancer survivor who was treated at Mayo Clinic. With funds from the marathon and related events, Donna – and thousands of participants from around the world – have helped Mayo Clinic establish the Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program. As a result, researchers have begun to uncover new information about breast cancer and develop better ways to diagnose and treat the disease, as well as other cancers. Keith Knutson. Ph.D., a Mayo Clinic researcher, focuses on the immunology and immunotherapy of breast and ovarian cancers,.  You can read more about his research  here.

Contact:  Paul Scotti

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