Celebrating 25 Years of MDC: Tammie West, 15 MDCs

21 Mar 2022

As we reminisce and celebrate 25 years of impact, we’ve reached out to our MDC community to find out their stories, MDC traditions, and why they have and continue to get active for breast cancer research. Today, we’re sharing Tammie’s story. MDC 2022 will be Tammie’s 15th MDC event!

“I can remember my first MDC, pushing my baby in the running buggy, in the rain. She's now a teenager and running them with me every year!”

Mother’s Day Classic has become a bit of a tradition for Tammie and her girls, Eva and Ade. The 2022 event will be Tammie’s 15th – from her first MDC, with baby and running buggy in tow, to walking the course with her daughters for the first few years, which later became Mother’s Day jogs when her daughters were older. Now, this exceptional trio celebrates Mother’s Day by dressing up and running the course!

Each year, they have walked, jogged and run in memory of someone special. The first year was done in honour of Tammie’s Granny Joyce, and the second, for her ‘second’ Mum, Jan M. Then, for Eleanor, a lifelong family friend, and Shaz, the Mum of her good friend Fiona.

In 2020, when MDC went virtual, Tammie and her girls kept with their yearly tradition and ran the 4km around their own neighbourhood in memory of all of these beautiful women and for Aunty Pam - to give her strength in her fight. In 2021, they ran in her memory. Each year, another name has been added to the tribute wall.

This cause is very close to Tammie’s heart, as, apart from participating in MDC each year to raise funds for breast cancer research, Tammie also works for Dreams2Live4, a charity that makes dreams come true for people living with metastatic cancer.

With the much-anticipated return of major events this year, she looks forward to a fun and meaningful day out with her daughters and the rest of the MDC community.

My favourite MDC memories are simply the time I get to spend with my daughters and knowing that we are helping support the work of NBCF and breast cancer research, in just a small way, by being there and participating together.

Our thanks to Tammie, Eva, Ade, and all our participants over the past 25 years who have kept the Mother’s Day Classic tradition going by walking, running and fundraising for breast cancer research. Every step and dollar raised helps us get closer to a world without breast cancer.