Donna Deegan, President and CEO/Chief Eternal Optimist, The Donna Foundation and 26.2 With Donna
Donna Deegan is the President and CEO/Chief Eternal Optimist of The Donna Foundation and 26.2 With Donna The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999 Donna was determined to make something positive out of her experience. As a lead anchor for First Coast News in Jacksonville for 24 years, she heard from many women who couldn’t make ends meet during their chemotherapy treatments and started a foundation to help them. The Foundation has provided more than six-thousand patients with everything from their medical bills to their mortgages. An avid marathon runner, in 2008 Donna founded 26.2 With Donna, the nation’s only marathon which sends one hundred percent of its race proceeds and raised funds to breast cancer research and care. Runners come from every state and numerous countries to run for the cause, raising millions.