JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than a half dozen First Coast News employees are taking part in running for Donna this weekend. Meteorologists Tim Deegan and Mike Prangley are tackling the big 26.2 marathon on Sunday. Deegan has run the 26.2 with Donna Deegan, his wife and race founder, since the inaugural race back in 2008. "There are a million things to do before the races. They all want this to go perfectly. I think it's going to be a great day," said Deegan.
First Coast News VP of Programming and Marketing Bonnie Solloway is running the shorter 5K on Saturday. She's doing it because a few years ago a friend of hers was battling breast cancer. "I don't think there's one woman in that race that doesn't know someone whether it's a relative
or a friend who has or has had breast cancer," said Solloway.
Reporter Lindsey Boetsch is also running the 5K Saturday. It's her first race in Jacksonville. She has an aunt who was diagnosed with breast cancer in November. "It's something that impacts almost every family member. It's not just women, it's men too. I think all this emphasis that you get checked is a great reminder to help yourself and your family members, " said Boetsch.
First Coast News is proud to be part of this year's event along with an estimated 12,000 runners from all 50 states and more than 20 countries. They are all here in an effort to raise funds for ground breaking breast cancer research.