Looking for a reason to wear pink and run, jog or walk with your Mum (or kids)? Sign up for the Mother's Day Classic and enjoy a healthy morning raising money and awareness for breast cancer.
Every year across the country, thousands of mums and their children (often adult!) lace up their sneakers and take part in the Mother’s Day Classic – a family-friendly event that offers people of all ages the chance to participate in a non-competitive, inspiring and fun walk/run that raises vital funds for breast cancer research. Held at around 100 Australian locations, including every capital city and many regional areas, there is no excuse to give it a miss.
It’s rare to meet a person who hasn’t been touched by breast cancer in some way - and many of us know more than one friend or family member that’s been diagnosed. Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian women, with about 40 new diagnoses each day. Some more sobering facts and stats?
• One in eight Australian women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime
• In 2014, 15,270 women are predicted to be diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia (which equates to 40 women being diagnosed each day)
• Finding breast cancer early increases the chance of surviving the disease
• On average, seven women die from breast cancer every day in Australia
In fact, while most participants look festive in their fun run finery, many are running because they’ve survived breast cancer, or in honour of someone that has passed.
Mother's Day Classic National Chair, Louise Davidson, says people participate for different reasons: some to honour loved ones lost to breast cancer, others to mark their survival - and a growing number who enjoy the event's family atmosphere and participate to reach their own health and fitness goals. "For every pink wig and tutu out on the course, there will be participants wearing tribute cards to honour loved ones living with breast cancer and remember those lost to the disease. We try to make Mother's Day Classic a fun and memorable day out, but we never lose sight of our purpose," Ms Davidson says.
It does make a difference
As with the previous 18 years the event has run, all proceeds raised (a whopping $24.3 million to date) support the valuable work of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Their work includes research projects seeking better detection and prevention methods, treatment options and ways to improve the quality of life for the growing number of survivors. Through this research, the five year survival rate for breast cancer patients has grown to 89 per cent.
Why run for the cause?
Mother's Day Classic CEO Sharon Morris said international longitudinal studies show that physical activity can reduce the risk of breast cancer (and many other diseases). But while almost 70 per cent of women are worried about breast cancer, a survey conducted for the Classic reveals less than half perform monthly breast checks and get the recommended amount of daily exercise.
"Our survey of Australian women tells us that more than half - 56 per cent - do not get the recommended 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily. We also found that more than 60 per cent don't perform monthly breast checks," Ms Morris said. "However, it was pleasing to see that 85 per cent are aware of what changes to look for when examining their breasts, and three in four had been for a clinical examination, ultrasound or mammogram in the past two years.
To register or for more information go to www.mothersdayclassic.com.au