Mothers Day Classic


Australia’s largest breast cancer research fundraiser, the Mother’s Day Classic, has taken place today with the usual outlandish costumes and signature pink on display.

A record 104 events were registered around the country, attracting over 120,000 participants.

Since 1998, the event has raised $24.3 million dollars for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Trevor Hickman has told the ABC how he walked in memory of his wife Amy who died from advanced breast cancer last September.

His team of 25, lovingly titled “Team Amy Hickman” raised $11,000 for the cause and walked to honour Amy’s legacy.

“We have done it every year, Amy was actually an ambassador last year,” he said.

“I’ve got a seven-year-old daughter and I want her to grow up in a world without breast cancer.”

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. 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. One in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime.

Improvements in survival are attributed to earlier detection of breast cancer and improved treatment outcomes. The National Breast Cancer Foundation has a goal to achieve zero deaths from breast cancer by 2030.

Photo Credit: Patrick Williams/ABC News

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