Walking way to strong recoveries

YOU are not alone. This is the message a group of women will be spreading this Mother's Day as they walk together to raise money for breast cancer research.

The Mother's Day Classic (MDC) will be held this Sunday with women and men from across the region asked to come and walk for four kilometres around the Wagga Showgrounds racetrack from 10am.

Organised by the Wagga Wagga Breast Cancer Group, the event aims to raise $7000.

Group president Marg Vonarx said with about 150 walkers in its inaugural year, the group was expecting about 200 women and men to take part this year.

"Breast cancer is something that has a profound affect on your life," she said.

"It's an experience which changes you and we want women and men to come down to be a part of acknowledging that."

Mrs Vonarx said the group wanted men to be a part of it because they wanted to challenge the stigma that only women were diagnosed with the often life-threatening disease.

Funds raised from merchandise and raffle tickets sold at the event will go to support women living with breast cancer in Wagga.

Event co-ordinator Karen O'Shea said information about early detection and treatments will be available.

"We want to keep encouraging the message: if you find a lump then get it checked," Mrs O'Shea said.

"And we want to promote women and men checking themselves regularly."

The Mother's Day Classic was created by Women in Super, a national network of women employed in the superannuation and financial services industry.

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