My fundraising campaign for the 2015 Mother's Day Classic has now finished.
On Sunday morning 10 May 2015, more than 120,000 Australians, in all capital cities and 91 regional locations participated in the Mother's Day Classic.
Why do so many people make this commitment on Mother's Day?
- By 2020, it is projected that 17,210 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every year in Australia - an average of 47 women every day.
- Currently, one in eight Australian women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.
- On average, seven women die from breast cancer in this country every day.
- Since Women in Super started Mother's Day Classic, the 5 year survival rates for women diagnosed with breast cancer have been increasing, and now stand at 89% of those diagnosed.
- Improvements in survival are attributed to earlier detection of breast cancer and improved treatment outcomes - which is why research is so vital.
The event has a very personal aspect for me. My sister, Mary (pictured right with her husband, Sam just after they were married), died of breast cancer in 2012. Mary's breast cancer was detected too late and she died three years later.
I set out to raise $10,000 and, thanks to 48 donors, we raised $6,510, which ranked me the 4th highest fundraiser in Melbourne and 11th highest fundraiser nationally.
Total fundraising exceeded $4 million, on top of the $24.3 million raised in previous years. This has made Mother's Day Classic the biggest single donor to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF), supporting research projects into detection, prevention, treatment and ultimately finding a cure.
I was thrilled to be one of a handful of people nationally selected as a MDC Community Champion to help raise awareness of the Mother's Day Classic and how the fundraising effort helps prevent more Australian women from dying of breast cancer.
Thank you to everyone who supported the Mother's Day Classic, either by donating to my campaign, donating to someone else's MDC campaign or by participating in the MDC themselves.
You have all made an important contribution towards to the National Breast Cancer Foundation's BIG, long term aspirational goal 'zero death caused by breast cancer by 2030'.
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