Amy Heffernan, Chloe Heffernan, Marilyn Statham, Kerrie Wilson and baby Abbey Wells.
Amy Heffernan, Chloe Heffernan, Marilyn Statham, Kerrie Wilson and baby Abbey Wells. Ross Kendall

Hundreds run to support cancer research on Mother’s Day

BREAST cancer sufferers and survivors were joined by hundreds of supporters for the annual Mother's Day Classic fun run at Ballina yesterday.

The event at Missingham Park, staged in conjunction with fun runs at another 92 regional locations around the nation, attracted 845 entrants.

Event organiser Jo Parker said the fun run raised funds for research into breast cancer at the Ballina event had generated almost $25,000, prior to yesterday's contribution.

Marilyn Statham was among those who took part in yesterday's 4.5km fun run. She was joined by two daughters, granddaughters and other family members.

"I am a breast cancer survivor, it has been six years," Ms Statham said.

"I feel really blessed to be apart of this. Breast cancer funding is really important, it really made my life easier at that time.

"My daughters got a lot of support too, it can be a really hard time for family and friends well."

Glen Stewart and Sarah Vogel travelled from the Tweed to take part in the event.

Mr Stewart said it was important that men supported breast cancer research.

"We all have mothers, sisters and wives," he said.

Caroline Bailey completed the run with her husband and two children as well as the family dog Tigi, who picked up the prize for Best Dressed Pooch.

"My family did this for me, it was what I asked for," she said.



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