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Racing for Maryann Statham

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By Lindsay Edmunds

26.2 With Donna: The National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer is the sole marathon in America whose entire raised funds go towards breast cancer research and care. On Feb. 15th, Ken Edmunds will be running in the Donna Foundation's half marathon event in Jacksonville in memory of his mother, Maryann Statham.

Maryann lost her battle with breast cancer in 1999. She lived in Cedar Key for about 18 years, and both Maryann and her mother, "Ms. El" Travers, were well known and loved in the community.

Runners who participate in the 26.2 With Donna races, run for various reasons. Some race to simply support the cause, but most run in honor of their friends and family members who have battled this merciless disease.

When Ken first began a rigorous training regiment two years ago, he knew from the start that he wanted to run a race in memory of Maryann. When describing his thoughts of his mother, Ken stated, "There is hardly ever a run that goes by when I don't think about my mom. I think about how much fun she was and how she could light up a room when she walked in. She was always the life of the party, and always the one you went to when things got tough."

Ken's fundraising goal for The National Marathon to Fight Breast Cancer is $500, and he has been given $205 thus far. If you would like to further this cause by giving a donation, you are welcome to visit Ken's fundraising website at http://www.active.com/donate/2009DonnaMarathon/KEdmund4 or contact him at 543-5661.