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May 2nd, 2016 | Posted In: Donna Blog, Running Journal, Why I'm Running

Why Patrick Sheehan and Turner Pest Control will #BeTheFINISH

The DONNA Foundation has a bold vision to finish breast cancer. To achieve this vision, it will take support from everyone. Runners, volunteers, donors and sponsors.  Individuals and companies – large and small.  We are excited to welcome Turner Pest Control as a sponsor of our upcoming THE PLAYERS DONNA 5K, and share their story and that of their employee and long time DONNA volunteer Patrick Sheehan.  Together, we won’t back down.  We will Finish Breast Cancer.

We are very pleased to announce Turner Pest Control’s sponsorship of THE PLAYERS DONNA 5K fundraising event to finish breast cancer. This cause is important to us and we’re excited to have the opportunity to support the effort to raise funds for breast cancer research and for assisting breast cancer patients with their financial needs.

Not only will Turner Pest Control be proudly represented in THE PLAYERS DONNA 5K race by two of our long-time employees, but one of our technicians, Patrick Sheehan, has been personally involved in the annual DONNA Marathon Weekend for many years.

While Patrick is not a runner, he has taken part in the race to finish breast cancer for nearly a decade. He’s supported the DONNA organization’s marathon in a number of volunteer roles, including hotel greeter lead, bus transportation, and a quad lead for a section of the race, as well as helping race staff with setting up start and finish lines, warehouse duties and phone banks on First Coast News.

He notes that funds raised by the many supporters and sponsors of the marathon have led to a possible vaccine for T3 breast cancer, which marathon and organization founder Donna Deegan had, and more trials are under way for the vaccine. Patrick also adds that he has very personal reasons for continuing to support the cause: “My mother recently battled breast cancer and my grandmother had the disease in the 1980s. This is why the race has been a passion of mine for the last nine years. As Donna has said, ‘Jacksonville will be the place that will stop this disease.’ Just as Turner’s motto this year is “We won’t back down.” We won’t back down until we defeat breast cancer either.”

All of us at Turner Pest Control are proud of our team’s support of the critical work being done by The DONNA Foundation and Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Translational Genomics Program and pleased that we’ve made that support “official” with our sponsorship of the 5K. The race will be held on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course on Saturday, May 7. We hope to see you there!

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