Event Date: Sunday 14 May 2017
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Australian nurses have the opportunity to swap their scrubs for pink wigs and shirts at the Women in Super Mother's Day Classic, Australia's largest breast cancer fundraiser, on Sunday 8 May 2016.
On Mother's Day, more than 100,000 Australians will walk or run to help fund breast cancer research.
One of the participants will be Sydney breast care nurse Bronwyn Williams, who last year put together the largest team at the Western Sydney Mother's Day Classic and raised $4715 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Bronwyn has seen up close the emotional and physical trauma breast cancer causes patients and families.
Her role as a breast care nurse involves organising the surgeons and supporting the patients by making sure they understand the planned treatment and schedules so they can focus on their well-being.
Bronwyn is a long-time supporter of the Mother's Day Classic and despite her demanding nursing role she takes the time to attend and fundraise every year.
"It's so important to continue the research to constantly improve treatments and hopefully find a cure. Mother's Day Classic is always such an amazing, emotional yet fun day spent with family and friends."
Mother's Day Classic calls on nurses to get involved
Mother's Day Classic CEO, Sharon Morris, says nurses should be recognised for the outstanding work they do in supporting patients with breast cancer.
"The medical staff, particularly nurses, are really at the coalface dealing with more than 15,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer each year. We want to acknowledge the extraordinary work of the nurses who care for breast cancer patients and their families," Ms Morris said.
"We're asking them to be ambassadors for us to spread the word about the importance of breast cancer research and to let their patients know about the event which can be a powerful way to honour, with family and friends, those affected by the disease.
"Whether it's in their workplace or via their social media accounts, we'd love nurses to share their stories to help raise awareness.
"We cannot thank them enough for the work they do," she said.
Ms Morris said that while there had been huge advances in the treatment of breast cancer - the five year survival rate is now 90 per cent - the number of new cases is expected to grow and more needs to be done.
"By 2020, it is projected that 17,210 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer every year in Australia - an average of 47 every day.
Many of these diagnosed patients will pass through Bronwyn Williams' Sydney workplace.
"I see them throughout the treatment when they are visiting specialists, right through to years after their treatment has completed," Bronwyn says.
"The biggest challenge of being a breast care nurse is the emotional toll working with people who are in shock and upset. There are still many women and men diagnosed each month."
Mother's Day Classic's goal in 2016 is for every participant to raise $50, to reach a target of $4 million.
Nurses can sign up as teams or individuals by registering at www.mothersdayclassic.com.au.
If nurses have a breast cancer story, or team registration they would like to share to promote Mother's Day Classic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.