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Weavers Pose $100,000 Challenge to 26.2 With Donna

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Video: Weavers Pose $100,000 Challenge to 26.2 With Donna

Wayne And Delores Weaver Cheer 26.2 With Donna Runners

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville Jaguars owners Wayne and Delores Weaver have joined 26.2 With Donna to offer an unprecedented marathon challenge.

If the race, which celebrates its fifth anniversary on February 12, 2012, can raise $100,000 dollar more than it did last year in fundraising dollars, The Weaver Family Foundation will match that with an additional $100,000.

Each year, the Weavers arrive on the marathon course early in the morning to cheer on the runners as they approach the beach portion of the marathon. 

Mrs. Weaver told First Coast News Anchor Donna Deegan that seeing how much the race has accomplished in a few short years made her want to play a larger role. "For years we've been supporting cancer research in Boston so we thought, why not come home and support Donna's work.  I challenge everyone to step up and raise that $100,000 which will become $200,000," said Mrs. Weaver.

The Weavers are no strangers to cancer research or racing. 

Through a Boston Marathon challenge grant they've raised more than $48 million dollars for cancer research.

"This support from the Weaver Family Foundation is a symbol of their generosity and also their understanding of the significant impact of this event on the city of Jacksonville," said Edith Perez, M.D., oncologist and internationally known breast cancer researcher at Mayo Clinic in Florida. "Fundraising efforts for the 26.2 with Donna generate much needed funds to help women with breast cancer and to conduct the visionary research necessary to conquer this disease. I am honored to be a part of this event for the fifth consecutive year."

Seventy percent of the money raised from 26.2 With Donna goes to groundbreaking breast cancer research at the Mayo Clinic.

Thirty percent goes to The Donna Foundation to fund the critical needs of breast cancer patients.

Accepting the challenge is easy; simply Give $5 at www.donate.breastcancermarathon.com/give5.  

To set up your online fundraising account to donate and encourage others to give, go to www.donate.breastcancermarathon.com/2012marathon.

Every last penny of this money will go to the Mayo Clinic and to The Donna Foundation for breast cancer research and care.  

First Coast News

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