Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the annual Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic fun run, which has raised over $30 million for breast cancer research since it started.
The National Breast Cancer Foundation relies on community events such as this one, as they receive no government funding.
National Breast Cancer Foundation CEO Sarah Hosking said this year’s event will have a big impact in accelerating breast cancer research to improve the way it’s diagnosed and treated.
“Every day in 2017, 44 Australian women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer and eight women die from the disease, leaving countless families devastated. The only way to solve this is through targeted and robust research,” said Professor Hosking.
“At the National Breast Cancer Foundation, our vision is to work towards having zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.
“We’ve made great progress but the job’s not yet done.”
Over 1 million participants Australia-wide have walked 6.5 million kilometers since the event began.
Last year 105,000 people participated across the country and raised over $3 million.
“Australia has some of the best medical researchers in the world, thanks to the work the researchers and National Breast Cancer Foundation do, we’re in a much stronger position than we were when MDC first started,” Mother’s Day Classic CEO Sharon Morris said.
“The five-year survival rate for someone with breast cancer is now 90 per cent; research has directly led to improvements in prevention, early diagnosis and treatments.
“However, for those with advanced cancer the survival rate is only 22 per cent – so we need to fund more research in this space.
“The more we know about the different types of breast cancer, the more successful we will be in developing tailored treatments.”
On-the-day registrations will be available tomorrow from 7:00am, with the first race starting from 8:00am.
The focus of this year’s event is to celebrate the brilliant minds behind breast cancer research and for families to enjoy the day and have fun.
“Mother’s Day Classic is not about breaking speed records. Our focus is on participation, whether you walk, run or volunteer. Many people have fun dressing up: you’ll see everything from pink pirates to teams in tutus, “said Ms Morris.
This year’s aim is to raise $4 million for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.