• To date, The DONNA Foundation has raised more than $4 million towards its vision to finish breast cancer.
  • DONNA Marathon Weekend has a world-wide reach; runners came in droves from all 50 states and more than 20 countries, all united in the goal to finish breast cancer.
  • Singer, Songwriter and breast cancer Survivor Melissa Ethridge plays in Jacksonville and welcomes and supports all to the 9th Annual Marathon Weekend.


  • Michelle Morin, breast cancer survivor, shares her story during the annual DONNA Top Fundraiser Dinner held on the campus of Mayo Clinic Florida. She thanks The DONNA Foundation for helping with her critical financial needs while undergoing breast cancer treatment.
  • #Closertoacure – Mayo Clinic announces trials coming soon for breast cancer vaccine, due solely to the genomics research funding provided by The DONNA Foundation. Dr. Edith Perez of Mayo Clinic credits the marathon as “…instrumental to all of this work we have done over the years. Because we didn’t have a genomics program here at Mayo Clinic before the marathon started. So we used the funds to start the program.”
  • Weaver Family Foundation contributes more than $313,000 to The DONNA Foundation through the Weaver Challenge.
  • New course record – the fastest time in Florida since 2011 – is set by Elisha Barno of Kenya, shaving more than 2 minutes from the previous record.
  • Jimmy Roberts features 26.2 with DONNA and Donna Deegan as the Color of Purpose as crowds Pink Out the Championship round of THE PLAYERS Sunday, May 10, 2015.


  • Ashley HomeStores partners with DONNA as the official sponsor of the DONNA Relay. Howard Fineman, Ashley HomeStore CEO and Managing Member says this new partnership is one more way for he and his team to give back to the community and help find a cure to end breast cancer.
  • 7th Annual 26.2 with DONNA is a huge success, despite severe weather. Marathon Weekend proceeds surpass $800,000 and participants are all smiles through the rain.
  • DONNA goes mobile with Race Joy offering a mobile experience for race participants and spectators. The RaceJoy App provides mobile conveniences and entertainment with key features such as instant results, timing notifications, live GPS tracking and Send-a-Cheer.



  • A new Start Line and course to FINISH BREAST CANCER is established by the PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP.
  • Approximately 10,000 runners, including over four-dozen international runners, participated in this year’s event, clocking record-breaking times in the state of Florida.
  • Thirteen elite male athletes finished the course faster than the winning time of the 2013 Miami Marathon (2:26:14), shattering state records.
  • THE PLAYERS 2012 helps raise nearly $68,000 for The DONNA Foundation through THE PLAYERS 5K with DONNA, Birdies for Charity and Sunday’s Pink Out.


  • A total of $3 million + Contributed and more than 5,500 cancer patients assisted thus far!!
  • More than 10,000 runners—many of them “streakers”—help us Celebrate the Finish!

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  • A big year for Mayo Clinic’s BCTG Research Team, which publishes two papers related to gene expression in breast cancer cells in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Kurtis Loftus reveals the 5th Annual Poster Art and concepts for the commemorative 5-Year Anniversary medal.
  • Delores and Wayne Weaver establish the $100,000 Marathon Challenge. Supporters are encouraged to ‘Give $5’ to finish it!
  • Jessica Menke and her daughter harmonize the national anthem as more than 8,000 runners prepare to finish breast cancer. Gretchen Peebles of Kingsport, Tennessee is the Top Marathon Survivor for the second year in a row, with a finish of 3:43:31.


  • Race weekend grows with the addition of the Family Fun Run, allowing people of all ages to finish breast cancer!
  • More than 8,000 participants toe the 3rd Annual starting line, now featuring a 5-leg Marathon Relay. The current Marathon Course Records are set.
  • Male 2:15:44, Andrey Bryzgalov | Female 2:33:08, Buzunesh Deba.

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  • Mayo Clinic’s BCTG Research Team expands, broadening its research capabilities. The team’s promising findings attract an additional $4.2 million in grants.
  • Kurtis Loftus reveals the 4th Annual Poster Art, which features colorful ribbon confetti!

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  • 26.2 with DONNA celebrates the life of Coach Danny Brown with the addition of the Danny Brown High School Challenge for high school relay teams.

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  • The Mayo Clinic BCTG Research Team begins experiments utilizing human tumor cell lines and subsequently publishes the genomic data generated which identifies a potential new way to classify breast cancer.
  • The Inaugural Bike 26.2 with DONNA and THE PLAYERS 5K with Donna are introduced, adding even more ways to finish breast cancer.
  • Love reigns over fear as Kurtis Loftus reveals the 3rd Annual Poster Art, entitled “A Labor of Love.”
  • The official name of 26.2 with DONNA is changed to The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer.
  • Donna announces the opening of pre-sales for her second book, Through Rose Colored Glasses: A Marathon from Fear to Love.

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  • More than 5,000 participants race the 2nd Annual 26.2 with DONNA, raising $708,095.

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  • 26.2 with Donna Foundation is formed.
  • Kurtis Loftus reveals the 2nd Annual 26.2 with DONNA Poster Art.
  • Custom Oakley 26.2 with DONNA sunglasses are introduced, providing a way for everyone to save the world through Rose Colored Glasses.
  • Race-founding member, mentor, friend and walking coach John Tenbroeck (Dr. John) dies. In his honor, race walkers are forever known by the name he gave them the “Lovers”—because they love being there most/the longest.
  • The Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Research Team is approved by Mayo Clinic’s scientific review committees. The team leverages funds received for supplies and program personnel.
  • Donna presents checks to Mayo Clinic Jacksonville and The Donna Foundation in the amounts of $525,566.78 and $306,477.21, respectively.
  • Shorelines reports, “Marathon impressive in Turnout. Support 26.2 with DONNA is Resounding Success.”
  • Donna finishes marathon post-surgery, during chemo and “doped up on joy.”
  • The Inaugural 26.2 with DONNA The National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer, featuring 6,936 participants from 15 countries supported by 2,000 volunteers.
  • Official opening of the Inaugural Marathon Weekend at the Health & Fitness Expo
  • Donna and the Jacksonville Galloway Training Team celebrate a 26-mile training run.
  • Spring 2007

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  • Running-Ribbon logo is created.
  • Kurtis Loftus reveals the Inaugural 26.2 with DONNA Medal and poster art.
  • After a third diagnosis of breast cancer, Donna continues training.
  • Founders Reception event helps secure initial funding for the Inaugural 26.2 with DONNA.
  • The Jacksonville Galloway Training Program kicks-off in preparation for the Inaugural 26.2 with Donna event.


  • Donna celebrates her birthday by having coffee with her oncologist and running buddy Dr. Edith Perez and the two have a vision for a marathon to end breast cancer.

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  • Jeff Galloway partners with Donna Deegan to train Jacksonville runners for a local marathon while raising about $100,000 for The Donna Foundation. The Jacksonville Galloway Training Program partnered with Donna to train runners to run the Jacksonville Bank Marathon and commit to fundraising for The Donna Foundation. Each runner raised $1000, and training fees were waived.

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