It is Mother’s Day and many Mothers are being served breakfast in bed whilst many others around Australia, are up early with joggers on and preparing for the Annual Mother’s Day Classic.
Each year my daughter, Rachel and I run in this event. It is our Mother’s Day tradition and one that I treasure. Rachel is now a Mum herself and this year her boys were there to cheer us on.
Quoting from the official website:
The Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) is a national participation walk and run event held in nearly 100 locations across Australia,raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research.
In over two decades we have raised more than $35 million increasing the five-year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer from 76% to 91%. Despite these achievements, women are still dying from breast cancer every day in Australia and we need to change this.
Our goal is to raise $2.1 million in 2019 to continue to fund vital research projects. This research has directly led to improvements in prevention, early diagnosis and treatments. We must continue to support and remember those touched by breast cancer.
Why do I run the Mother’s Day Classic?
Cancer research is very close to my heart. Having lost my Mum, Dad and Brother to Cancer I am passionate about supporting research. My Mum discovered a lump at 53 years old and back in the 70’s not much was really known about breast cancer or even discussed, especially in our household. After many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, my darling Mum died at 63, far too young.
My Mum is the main reason I run this event – I run in her memory and to take time each Mother’s Day to remember her. My daughter also runs for her ‘Nan’ although she only knew her for just over 4 years of her life. This year was also poignant for my daughter who has a friend currently fighting this disease.
Most of us have been touched in some way by breast cancer – family, friend or even personally.
I actually tear up when I put the tribute card on the tribute wall. Partly, because I miss my Mum even now, but also because of the number of women who have died at such young ages. This year, Ethan, my grandson who just turned 5, helped me pin my tribute to the wall as I explained to him about his ‘Great Grandmother’.
I love seeing the sea of pink (the official colour) and also men and boys participating and supporting the cause. Whilst they have lost a loved one or a love one is currently undergoing treatment there is an air of hope and inspiration that runs through the event.
And so, another run has been completed and another tradition upheld in our family.
My love and thoughts today are with all Mums, Stepmums, Adoptive Mums, Foster Mums, Grandmothers and those who are just like a Mum. I’m also thinking of those Mums who have lost children which must be devastating.
As I look at my family after the run and we are joined by my son and his partner for brunch I am filled with such gratitude to have them in my life. They bring such joy and happiness.
I’m also grateful that although I don’t have my Mum she is still with me in spirit and I spent the rest of my Mother’s Day taking my almost 93 year Mother-In-Law shopping for clothes – she had a ball.
Happy Mother’s Day, hug those you love, tell them what they mean to you and enjoy your time with them. Life is short and oh so very precious.