Breast Friends Unite for the 2019 WIS Mother’s Day Classic
Celebrating 10 years of raising funds & awareness
Celebrating 10 years involvement with the Mother’s Day Classic walk + run, BreastScreen WA will make Mother’s Day mean more by raising funds and awareness as well as registering the organisations corporate team, ‘Breast Friends’.
Involved in the Mother’s Day Classic since 2009, BreastScreen WA will again host a marquee at the annual event, bolstering the opportune reminder that mammogram screenings and early detection provide the best chance of breast cancer survival.
Coby Pearson, BreastScreen WA’s Program Officer says it is important women are reminded to look after their health by ensuring they have regular mammograms every two years.
“BreastScreen WA is passionate about our involvement in the Mother’s Day Classic. We’re there in force reminding people of the services available to them,”
“BreastScreen WA provides free screening mammograms to Western Australian women 40 years or over with no breast symptoms,”
A mammogram can detect 70 to 90 percent of breast cancers, even those as small as a grain of rice, before it can be felt, it and is the only proven means of detecting breast cancer at such an early stage.
“Unfortunately, breast cancer cannot be prevented, but the earlier a breast cancer is detected, the better the chance of successful treatment. Reminding people of what’s available to them might just save someone’s life. It’s essential we keep sharing our message which advocates for early detection,” said Ms Pearson.
“Fundraising for breast cancer is imperative” says Pearson, who hopes that one day, research will unlock an eventual cure.
“Events like the Mother’s Day Classic, which raises funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, are vital.”
“The funds raised ensures ongoing research and developments in technology that ultimately improves rates of early detection and advancements in treatment,” Ms Pearson said.
Pearson, who heads up the ‘Breast Friends’ team, says she is passionate about promoting involvement in the event with family, friends and colleagues, aiming to supersede last year’s record team numbers. In 2018, ‘Breast Friends’ took home the award for the largest team by an organisation.
“The spirit of the event is really something else, we were thrilled to have 32 participants join us on such a special morning,”
“And we’re aiming to take home the trophy again this year by encouraging everyone across WA Health, along with their family and friends, to be involved,”
“Mother’s Day means more when you spend it surrounded by family, friends and colleagues. It’s quality time spent doing something that means so much to so many,” said Pearson.
This year’s Perth Mother’s Day Classic will be held on Sunday 12 May at the Supreme Court Gardens where participants can enter the 4km or 8 km walk; 4km run or 8km run.
BreastScreen WA will be offering all participants at the Perth MDC event free breast screening on site.