In the pink for breast cancer

Sheree McLeod with family

The personal story of a cancer victim who just keeps fighint

Australia’s largest Mother’s Day event makes a difference for breast cancer.

Mother’s Day Classic is Australia’s largest breast cancer research fundraiser, and organisers are encouraging people to get on board for the Sunday May 11 event in the fight against a disease that impacts one in 8 women.

This year there will be 97 around Australia – in every capital city as well as regional and rural locations in every state and territory, from Ararat (Vic) to Yamba (NSW), from Karratha (WA) to Weipa (Qld).

In 2013, a record $5 million was raised by 135,000 supporters who took part in the event around Australia.

Local super fundraiser, Sheree McLeod told Westender readers her story earlier this year. Following a miscarriage at age 35, she found out she had a rare form of breast cancer which led to many complications, two mastectomies, further cancers and ongoing treatment. Last year she and her team raised $28,500 in the Mother’s Day Classic. Sheree has two boys under 10 and is fundraising again.

In 2014 a major milestone will be celebrated – the event, which began in 1998, will pass the $20 million mark in funds it has raised for the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s research program. This research has had a real impact on survival statistics and has also helped answer research questions for a range of other cancers.

Registrations are open now, find the event nearest you at mothersdayclassic.com.au/events.

Read Sheree McLeod’s full story at Westender.com.au

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