Mary lives her life through her Christian faith, dedication to her family and through service to others. She is an alumni of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and her family are avid Tennessee fans. They moved to St Augustine in 2000 and in March this year they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They have two daughters, Ruth Harton who is 19 years old and a Sophomore at North Greenville University, Greenville, South Carolina, and Ann Marie who is 17 and a Senior at Bartam Trail High School.
She is an active member at Creekside Christian Church St. Johns, FL. Mary and a sponsor for their Youth Group. She is a volunteer with North St. Johns County Life. Mary is a substitute teacher in the St. Johns County School District.
She takes great pleasure in sharing her gardenias and roses with friends when they are in bloom, and loves to make “Hearts of Hope” pillows to friends when they are sick or have had surgery.
In 2004 she was diagnosed with DCIS breast cancer and chose a double mastectomy to “be well”. In her words “it was the best decision I’ve made.” She is also a thyroid cancer survivor.
In 2007, Mary joined Galloway Training Program and ran the Inaugural DONNA Marathon. In fact she has run 3 DONNA Marathons, 3 DONNA Half Marathons and 2 Team Relays all for The DONNA Foundation. In 2012, she became a volunteer at the race due to having her ovaries removed due to a positive BRACA 2 diagnosis. Mary has been involved in checking in Sponsors and Guests at the VIP Cocktail Party for several years and last year TapImmune was proud to be one of the sponsors of this event.
Mary believes in making the most of everyday and living it to its fullest and “to do whatever God has planned for me and allowing his Light to shine through me”. She plans to run the DONNA Half Marathon and the Inaugural DONNA 10K in 2017.
Mary, all at TapImmune (www.tapimmune.com) salute your courage and faith and wish you a good prognosis for the future as we strive hard to develop new innovative treatments for breast and ovarian cancer. We look forward to being welcomed by you at the VIP Party at the Sawgrass Marriott as part of the 10th Anniversary DONNA Marathon Weekend.