Locals gather for annual 26.2 with Donna

By Marques White, Weekend morning anchor, reporter, mwhite@wjxt.com
Nicholas Jones, Associate producer, njones@wjxt.com
Published On: Feb 23 2014 04:09:41 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 23 2014 06:40:00 PM EST

VIDEO: Bad weather didn't deter thousands of marathon runners who braved the rain to run the 26.2 miles and share stories of loved ones who have battled cancer.

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -

Thousands got together Sunday to run and walk in the 26.2 with Donna with hopes of finding a cure for breast cancer.

People from even as far away as Ethopia attended. Many runners were dressed in pink.

"My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and she passed away. But we need a cure today -- not tomorrow," said Janene Hodgkins.

IMAGES: Donna's race for the cure

Several others also told us they knew of someone dealing with breast cancer.

"Lots of friends that are fighting the battle that are fighting the battle as we speak, including my mom and my aunt," said Colleen Jones, who attended the race.

100 percent of the proceeds raised go to breast cancer research and care.

"We love Donna and we love to support Donna and we're gonna continue to support breast cancer every year - finish breast cancer - finish it," said Jerry Jo Fox, a half-marathon runner.

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