Hello blog readers! Yes, this is a post where I get to talk directly to you. Yes, I realize a computer screen and unknown miles may separate us, but the power of the internet makes communication so much easier. As you may have heard, I’ll be running my 10th half marathon at the 26.2 with Donna on February 23rd. And, I would like to personally ask for your help.
The Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer is in it’s 7th year, and it’s a marathon weekend like no other. It is the only marathon and half marathon to give every penny of money raised through registration and fundraising directly to finding a cure for breast cancer (70% goes to research with Mayo Clinic and 30% toward the Donna Foundation). So, every cent you are giving goes to find a cure and/or support survivors. What other race does that? None.
The Mayo Clinic has established the Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program due to $1.2 million in contributions from the 26.2 with Donna. The Donna Foundation provides temporary assistance for women and men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. 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.
While running the 26.2 with Donna in 2013 as my first marathon, I was forever changed. Throughout my 6+ hours on the race course, I ran/walked with some survivors who shared their stories with me. Stories about not only making it through chemotherapy and defying odds, but of wanting to again lace up their running shoes just to run the marathon. Fighting cancer is amazing enough on it’s own, but these ladies wouldn’t rest until they were able to get back on the road and run 26.2 miles.
I ask that you think of the thousands of women that are aided by the Donna Foundation, and the research efforts of the Mayo Clinic to finish breast cancer so that it’s no longer a disease that over 200,000 women may be diagnosed with each year.
Please consider donating to this cause that exists to create a hope…to finish breast cancer. I have a personal goal of raising at least $500 for the 26.2 with Donna and I’d appreciate any donation you can give.