Mother’s Day Provides Another Opportunity To Tackle Breast Cancer

Mother’s Day Provides Another Opportunity To Tackle Breast Cancer

Women’s Interests Minister Robyn McSweeney

Mother’s Day Classic Attracts Thousands To Raise Money For Breast Cancer Research

Victor P Taffa

Women’s Interests Minister Robyn McSweeney has praised entrants in today’s Mother’s Day Classic for their commitment to raising funds to fight breast cancer.

This year’s Perth event, involving about 3,600 participants taking part in a 4 km and 8 km walk and run around Langley Park, will have 80,000 participating nationally.

Mrs. McSweeney said that by participating women, men and children were celebrating the strength of women with breast cancer by coming together to raise money for cancer research.

“Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in Australia and in 2010 it is estimated 13,898 new cases were diagnosed.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

“With the incidence of breast cancer increasing and with continued support and funding from organisations like the National Breast Cancer Foundation, improvements in research mean survival rates are better than they were in years past.”

“It is wonderful to see so many enthusiastic participants preparing to walk and run around Langley Park this morning, choosing to spend their Mother’s Day in a positive way that will benefit so many West Australian women currently fighting the disease.”

“Their commitment to raise awareness of breast cancer is admirable and will ensure their mothers, grandmothers and daughters will have the best possible chance of avoiding breast cancer in their lives, or having successful treatment should they need it in years to come.” Mrs. McSweeney said.

For more than a decade, the Mother’s Day Classic fun run and walks has provided communities with a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day and raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Since 1998 the event has raised $7.8 Million nationally to further the research programs of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.