Amy Mergen Team Captain

Amy Mergen

Member of team: Team FIS

In 2013, I found myself saying to the doctor on the other end of the telephone, "Are you actually saying that I have cancer?" And the response was "Yes, that is what I am telling you."

I had no relevant family history or genetic pre-disposition for breast cancer, yet at the relatively young age of 45, I was diagnosed with bi-lateral breast cancer. Yep, both sides.  So began my year-long treatment journey.  Throughout the course of the year I underwent a double mastectomy, reconstruction and 16 chemo therapy treatments.  In October of 2016, I offerred a prayer of thanksgiving for being three years cancer free.

My experience, however difficult, gave me incredible insight into how blessed I truly am - with the love and support of my incredible family and friends, and the many gifts that make my life extraordinary. I know that there are many women who are not as lucky and I am raising funds to "pay it forward" to support them.

This will be my fourth year participating in the 26.2 with Donna National Breast Cancer Marathon. Its a family affair at the Mergen/Waitrovich house with Amy doing the half-marathon and Paul and the boys all participating in the marathon relay.  I'm also a board member at The Donna Foundation which annually plans and executes the race. The monies raised are used to  provide financial and emotional support to women impacted by the disease, as well as to fund ground breaking research for new therapies and treatments at the Mayo Clinic. 

100% of your donation - no matter what size - goes to those two objectives.  Thank you for your continued prayers, encouragement and support.

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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Donor Roll

Amy M. $1,000.00
Lynn B. $50.00
Marianne B. $1,000.00
Gail A. $100.00
Kirk L. $500.00
ROBERT A S. $500.00
Daniel W. $100.00
John M. $50.00
Rachel L. $50.00
Maria S. $100.00
Kathy D. $250.00
Christopher G. $100.00
Mary B. $50.00
Jennifer N. $25.00
Ellyn R. $300.00
Pamela B. $50.00
Ido G. $250.00
Celeste F. $500.00
John C. $100.00
Paul T. $100.00
Ginny D. $10.00
Brian O. $100.00
Anonymous $50.00
Anthony H. $750.00
Susan L. $100.00
Diana K. $50.00
Peter G. $25.00
Sarah A. $25.00
Marlo M. $50.00
Janelle M. $300.00
Ronda M. $150.00
Jeffrey A. $150.00
Shweta T. $50.00
Mary W. $250.00
Bruce L. $500.00
Angela S. $50.00
Kathryn I. $25.00
Marc M. $250.00
Gregory and Karen M. $500.00
Michelle P. $10.00
Michele P. $100.00
Monique S. $20.00
Mark M. $100.00
Lisa B. $50.00
Beth G. $25.00
Adrian S. $150.00
Christina H. $50.00
Kurani K. $150.00
Kristin D. $100.00
Anonymous d. $2,500.00
Anonymous d. $2,500.00
Anonymous d. $5,000.00
Steve K. $100.00
Christopher C. $250.00
Laura S. $25.00
Tere B. $250.00
Pamela P. $100.00
Judy J. $20.00
Anonymous $25.00
Amy M. $100.00
Virginia D. $100.00
Michael O. $250.00
Dawn F. $100.00
Lynn R. $2,000.00
Missy J. $250.00
John D. $100.00
Jennifer W. $10.00
Vincent C. $250.00
Peter G. $750.00
Sharon W. $50.00
David H. $100.00
Joe F. $100.00
Nancy L. $755.00
nancy w. $25.00
Jill D. $25.00
Tiffany O. $75.00
Megan D. $25.00
Ninette S. $25.00
Anonymous $10.00
Dan S. $100.00
Nancy M. $100.00
Suzanne L. $25.00
Denise V. $50.00
Kim S. $100.00
Julie S. $500.00
Kerry W. $100.00
Doris M. $100.00
Mary K P. $50.00
Michael W. $50.00
Jeff B. $50.00
keith s. $250.00
Anna S. $50.00
Matthew B. $250.00
Jan H. $500.00
Michael R. $250.00
Lisa D. $250.00
Anonymous $75.00
Anonymous $50.00

Fundraiser Goal

Currently Raised

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