Hope and funds raised for breast cancer in Mother's Day Classic

THOUSANDS of walkers and runners raised hope as well as funds when they joined in yesterday’s Ballarat Mother’s Day Classic for breast cancer research.

When Lisa Hayden was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004, Mother’s Day was a terrible occasion.

But yesterday it was a very different story for the Ballarat mum, co-owner of Hayden Real Estate and breast cancer survivor.

“It was such an amazing thing to see so many people rally for this common cause,” she said. “From a miserable Mother’s Day to a fantastic day today, it’s been a full circle for me.”

She said the Ballarat Mother’s Day Classic had grown in five years from 400  to 2500 in 2013.

“It’s an event people identify with,” she said. “It was a really happy, hopeful atmosphere.”

Participants completed 6km and 12km courses around Lake Wendouree, with the option to walk or run. They raised $50,000, with all proceeds donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes and supports research into breast cancer prevention and treatment.

A tribute board  allowed people to leave messages for friends and family members with breast cancer.