Spreading hope through 'Hope Squared' in San Marco | News

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Spreading hope through 'Hope Squared' in San Marco
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you are traveling through the San Marco Square this weekend, don't be surprised if you see several businesses flying pink balloons.  Those balloons mean the shops or restaurants are taking part in "Hope Squared."

The idea behind "Hope Squared" is the 22 businesses participating Friday and Saturday will be donating a portion of their proceeds to The Donna Foundation.

The Donna Foundation was started in 2003 by First Coast News former anchor and three-time breast cancer survivor, Donna Deegan.

Her foundation uses the money to exclusively help Jacksonville women who are fighting breast cancer and need help making ends meet.

One of the participants of "Hope Squared", Kiley Wynne Efron with Taverna restaurant, says one of the reasons the businesses chose to do this fundraiser for The Donna Foundation is because the money stays local.

"I think that many people know an individual that has been touched by this disease and it is not very often you find an organization that takes the money and gives it to women in that community and that was part of our appeal to the Donna Foundation," says Efron.

First Coast News is also celebrating 20 years of Buddy Check 12.  If you would like a free sticker from Buddy Check 12 for your car, pick one up at our station at 1070 East Adams Street in Jacksonville or email Jeanie Blaylock at JBlayloc@firstcoastnews.com

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