Words can't begin to describe my feelings on that cold February morning as I watched thousands of people run through the start line at the sixth annual 26.2 with Donna: National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer.
As an intern at Mayo Clinic in the Department of Public Affairs, I had assisted with preparations for this event. But as I stood there watching the runners and walkers, I realized there was so much more to it. The energy was almost palpable. The passion and commitment of the participants, despite a half hour delay and the near freezing temperatures, was obvious. It seemed like everyone was smiling.
Working with Team Mayo Clinic, I learned the Donna event was not just about breast cancer. While 70 percent of the proceeds received from the 26.2 with Donna events support breast cancer research, other programs at Mayo Clinic also benefit from the findings, including those aimed at lung, pancreas, thyroid and ovarian cancer.