Ericka Aquino

Ericka Aquino

In 2012, before my first half marathon, I proclaimed, "I am not a runner." The following year, I ran my first full marathon. 2017 will mark the 6th time I participate in the The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer in Jacksonville, Florida - 4 times as a half-marathoner & once running the full. In 2017 I will run 3 races in 2 days - 5K, 10K, half marathon. And you know what? I will still tell you that I AM NOT A RUNNER, but I am STILL running for DENISE.


It's extremely difficult to put into words the impression Denise made in the lives of my family. She seemed to touch everyone in that special way. Denise battled with an extremely aggressive form of breast cancer, but never once complained or asked "why me?". Even on her worst days Denise would proclaim, "I'm fine," showing a strength that I just couldn't fathom at the time. In March of 1997, despite her incredible strength & courage, Denise passed away. However, in the words of Stuart Scott, "When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, and the manner in which you lived." Denise certainly lived in a way that inspired not only me, but many others. Ever since Denise's diagnosis, I have made breast cancer MY cause. Yet I have never felt I was doing "enough."


I am not a runner, but every year I continue to run the National Marathon to End Breast Cancer in memory of Denise Johnson. I am not a runner & certainly never thought I would ever be able to accomplish what I have. Yes, I was an All-American sprinter in college, but as many of you know, sprinting does not make one a "runner." I am not a runner & had never run more than 3 miles prior to 2011. I certainly had no desire to do so either. I am not a runner, but my desire to honor Denise's memory has inspired me to push myself to do things I never thought I could. I ?am not a runner, but every day that I want to quit, I tell myself that my battle isn't nearly as difficult as Denise's battle was. I am not a runner, but every year I continue running to honor Denise's memory. Yes, I run for Denise!


26.2 with Donna/The National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer is the only event of its kind in which 100% of the proceeds go towards breast cancer research & care. Please consider contributing to my campaign in support of the important work that is being done to end this horrible disease. Not only do I run for Denise, I run in honor of all of those who have fought the battle.


The DONNA Foundation is a private non-profit organization in Northeast Florida producing the only marathon in the U.S. dedicated to breast cancer research, awareness and care.  Its mission is to passionately raise funds for ground breaking breast cancer research and women living with breast cancer.

Since its launch in 2003, The DONNA Foundation has raised more than $4 million towards its vision to finish breast cancer.

The DONNA Foundation provides financial assistance for the critical needs of women and men living with breast cancer. To date, The DONNA Foundation has served more than 10,000 families. The DONNA Foundation also helped to develop and maintain the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program. Ongoing funding from the foundation make it possible for the laboratory team not only to conduct state of the art breast cancer research, including the widely publicized Triple Negative Breast Cancer Vaccine Trials, but also provide genomics support for studies in all cancers.

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John S. $100.00
Anonymous $50.00
Gail R. $30.00
Ethel R. $50.00
Jose A. $100.00
Anonymous $500.00
Anonymous $170.00

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