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Name: Greg Donovan
Founder, Born to Run Foundation
Story: When Greg's son Stephen was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2008, Greg told him he would do everything he could to help get it fixed for him. Greg is not a scientist or researcher, so he established the Born to Run Foundation to raise funds to help find a cure for his son Stephen, the future generations of his family, and the other 20 million people in the world with this lifelong incurable disease.
The Born to Run foundation will also help people with diabetes and depression improve their lives and health through running and exercise.
Greg, 51, has been running since about 1990, starting off with 100 metre jogs, and now running up to 100km ultra marathons. His best result for a marathon is 2hr 49min, which is an average of 15km an hour. He usually runs 80-100km a week.
Greg's sporting achievements are many and varied. He has raced off-road motorcycles since his youth, winning a silver medal in the 1998 World 6 Day Enduro Championships. In 2002 he ran the New York Marathon with a stress fracture in his leg and raised $160,000 for the education of children whose parents were killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Currently Managing Director of Aon GRIP Solutions Greg is a qualified accountant with a Master's Degree in IT management. He has worked for Aon Risk Solutions for 18 years and in 2007 his unique business idea won first prize in Aon's inaugural Global Innovation Challenge, from a field of 60,000 people around the world.
He lives on Sydney's northern beaches with his wife of 28 years, Raylene and three children, Laura 25, Matt 22 and Stephen 19.