Couple marries day before 26.2 with Donna to run race as husband and wife

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--This is a big weekend on the First Coast. The 26.2 with Donna and other major events are in full swing and it is all to support cancer survivors and find a cure.

Saturday was all about the family fun run and the health and fitness expo. There was a sea of pink for the 5k family fun run in downtown Jacksonville to finish cancer.

"Whether it's a small silly battle about whether I can run a 5K or whether you can survive cancer," said Bob Ferrill, of Neptune Beach. "It's just positive thoughts."

Inside the convention center, people perused vendors for the health and fitness expo with Donna.

That's where First Coast News' David Williams met Elizabeth Behrens, of Dallas, Texas, who is running Sunday. She has previously battled breast cancer.

"It's wonderful to be able to look back and say I fought it and I won," she said. "It's really indescribable."

Behrens appreciates compassion and support shown by all of the participants."It's a true testimony of people's spirit," she said.

As part of their preparations for the race, a First Coast couple got married Saturday in Orange Park's Winterborn Center.

"Oh, very excited!" Danielle Irwin exclaimed a couple hours before she got married.

Danielle and Ben Irwin planned their wedding around the marathon weekend. Her uncle's sister had cancer.

"Well, being able to come across that finish line together, I think will be special. Because we actually have multiple relay teams," Ben Irwin said. "So, we're each going to do the last leg of the relay."


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