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The Donna Foundation Launches New Mother’s Day 5K in May

JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The Donna Foundation, known for its annual breast cancer awareness and fundraising marathon, is adding another running event to its repertoire.

The Black Knight Donna Mother’s Day 5K will take place on Saturday, May 7 in the Riverside neighborhood of Jacksonville.

The Foundation said funds raised will support its mission to provide economic relief and emotional support to people living with breast cancer and to fund groundbreaking breast cancer research.

The Foundation said it was inspired to hold an event on Mother’s Day weekend because 34% of those served by the Foundation in 2021 were mothers with children at home.

Foundation leaders hope to inspire moms everywhere to take action to understand, improve and protect their breast health.

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“Mothers actively raising their children while undergoing breast cancer treatment face unique challenges,” said Amanda Napolitano, CEO of the Donna Foundation. “Our events help breast cancer patients and their families come to terms with their diagnosis with love rather than fear. We are excited to launch this new race at Riverside on Mother’s Day weekend, as a way to surround all mums with love and support, especially mums who are patients and survivors.

This new event is the first Mother’s Day race at Riverside in the Foundation’s 19-year history. The class will begin and end at the historic Friday Musicale at 8 a.m. Along the way, participants will experience the beauty of the neighborhood’s architecture and gardens during the height of the spring blooming season, the Foundation said.

For Melissa Circelli, director of human resources for Black Knight and member of the board of directors of the Donna Foundation, the objective of this new race touches in more ways than one.

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“Black Knight is headquartered in Riverside, and we’re thrilled to be the title sponsor of the first-ever Donna Foundation Mother’s Day Run in our neighborhood,” Circelli said. “I also know how important it is to uplift families and celebrate survival. Black Knight is a longtime supporter of the Donna Foundation, which has helped many members of the Black Knight family and their loved ones in their fight and survival from breast cancer. This includes our race winner, Leah Strommer, who recently beat triple-negative breast cancer and benefited from Donna Foundation-funded research. Along with our colleagues at the Black Knight business, I look forward to joining the Donna Foundation in celebrating the start of a new tradition this Mother’s Day weekend.

During the 30 days leading up to Mother’s Day (April 8 – May 8), The Donna Foundation will celebrate moms locally and across the country. Supporters can join this effort by:

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  • Sign up to run or walk in the Black Knight Donna Mother’s Day 5K. Participants will take off on an all-new Donna 5K course through the beautiful Riverside neighborhood of Jacksonville, beginning and ending at the historic Friday Musicale. With its new hybrid format, runners can choose to gather “Together” in person or race virtually throughout the weekend. Register at mdyw.breastcancermarathon.com.
  • Honor your mom by posting a photo on the Donna Tribute Wall presented by Florida Blue. Follow the Donna Foundation on social media for stories celebrating moms over the coming weeks. Share your photo at mdyw.breastcancermarathon.com/donna-tribute-wall.
  • Contribute to the Every Mom Donation Challenge by donating to support essential Donna Foundation programs, starting a fundraiser, or joining an existing fundraising team. Organizations can go further by organizing a fundraiser in partnership with their institution. Donate or fundraise at support.thedonnafoundation.org/goto/celebratemoms.
  • Talking with the moms in your life about breast health. According to the American Cancer Society, about 5 to 10% of breast cancer cases are hereditary. Discussing your family’s history of breast cancer with loved ones and healthcare providers is an important step toward monitoring, managing, and maintaining your breast health.
  • Joining the conversation about moms and breast cancer on Wednesday, April 13 at 7 p.m., The Donna Foundation will host a panel discussion on the most effective ways to support moms on their breast cancer journey, featuring Kristin Lothman, a Mayo Clinic Mindfulness Counselor and breast cancer survivors Kristie Kirschner, Michelle Mecca and Leah Strommer. Hosted by our Noisy Cancer Comeback announcer and breast cancer survivor Fitz Koehler. Streamed live at Facebook.com/26.2withDONNA.
  • Partnered with the Donna Foundation to become a sponsor of the 2022 Black Knight Donna Mother’s Day 5K event. Sponsor and vendor opportunities designed to maximize brand exposure locally, regionally and nationally to a unique and desirable demographic are available. Companies can also sponsor race entries for their employees. To learn more, visit mdyw.breastcancermarathon.com/become-a-sponsor-2022.

The Black Knight Donna Mother’s Day 5K is the third and final event in the Donna Foundation’s 2022 Fearless Series. Registration is open at mdyw.breastcancermarathon.com. Full details for the 2023 Donna Foundation Fearless Series, including the 16th annual Donna Marathon weekend (February 3-5, 2023), will be announced later this year.

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