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26.2 with Donna for Breast Cancer research

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Hundreds of people gathered to walk or run in Jacksonville Beach Sunday all in efforts to fight breast cancer.
The eighth annual 26.2 with Donna took place.
The event raises money and awareness about the disease.
According to the American Cancer Society about 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

Thousands of people have been training for months and the day they've been waiting for to support breast cancer research finally arrived. Donna Puckett's daughter ran for two people. A friend of hers and a friend of her mother's

"It makes us very proud and very humble that she takes such a selfless effort for the cause," said Puckett.

Since its first year in 2008, the event has contributed more than $3.5 million  towards efforts to find a cure for the disease. Volunteers are glad they could help out.

"It's really important. A lot of people have to deal with this. So it's nice to be able to give back, it's really inspiring to watch everybody here do it," said Sarah McAuley, volunteer.

Money raised goes to Mayo Clinic for breast cancer research and to the Donna Foundation to provide financial assistance to those with breast cancer.