HUNDREDS of runners and walkers took part in this year’s Mother’s Day Classic in Ballarat on Sunday.
Participants were not put off by the event, which was organised by the Rotary Clubs of Wendouree Breakfast and Alfredton. The Mother’s Day Classic is part of a national event that is held in every capital city and major regional cities across Australia. Participants were encouraged to dress up and to wear the colour pink, with many families walking in memory of, or to support, loved ones who have been affected by cancer. All proceeds from the event go into further research into cancer. The Mother’s Day Classic has been held nationally for 18 years with Australians walking or running to raise money to fund the National Breast Cancer Foundation research and honour those who have faced the disease. In Ballarat, it has been held for the past 6 years Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women (1% of breast cancer is in men).
One in eight Australian women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime In 2015, 15,270 women are predicted to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia. This equates to 40 women being diagnosed each day.
On average, seven women die from breast cancer every day in Australia. Finding breast cancer early increases the chance of surviving the disease. Since the Mother’s Day Classic began in 1988, it has contributed $24.3 million to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s research program. In that time the breast cancer 5 year survival rates have increased to nearly 90%.