Over 50s Lifestyle

The Mother’s Day Classic – my special tradition

May 12, 2019
Mother's Day Classic 2019

It is Mother’s Day and many Mothers are being served breakfast in bed whilst many others around Australia, are up early with joggers on and preparing for the Annual Mother’s Day Classic.

Each year my daughter, Rachel and I run in this event. It is our Mother’s Day tradition and one that I treasure. Rachel is now a Mum herself and this year her boys were there to cheer us on.

Quoting from the official website:

The Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic (MDC) is a national participation walk and run event held in nearly 100 locations across Australia,raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research.

In over two decades we have raised more than $35 million increasing the five-year survival rate for women diagnosed with breast cancer from 76% to 91%. Despite these achievements, women are still dying from breast cancer every day in Australia and we need to change this.

Our goal is to raise $2.1 million in 2019 to continue to fund vital research projects. This research has directly led to improvements in prevention, early diagnosis and treatments. We must continue to support and remember those touched by breast cancer.

Why do I run the Mother’s Day Classic?

Cancer research is very close to my heart. Having lost my Mum, Dad and Brother to Cancer I am passionate about supporting research. My Mum discovered a lump at 53 years old and back in the 70’s not much was really known about breast cancer or even discussed, especially in our household. After many rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, my darling Mum died at 63, far too young.

My Mum is the main reason I run this event – I run in her memory and to take time each Mother’s Day to remember her. My daughter also runs for her ‘Nan’ although she only knew her for just over 4 years of her life. This year was also poignant for my daughter who has a friend currently fighting this disease.

Most of us have been touched in some way by breast cancer – family, friend or even personally.

I actually tear up when I put the tribute card on the tribute wall. Partly, because I miss my Mum even now, but also because of the number of women who have died at such young ages. This year, Ethan, my grandson who just turned 5, helped me pin my tribute to the wall as I explained to him about his ‘Great Grandmother’.

Mother's Day Classic
Ethan helping me pin my tribute to Mum on the tribute wall

I love seeing the sea of pink (the official colour) and also men and boys participating and supporting the cause. Whilst they have lost a loved one or a love one is currently undergoing treatment there is an air of hope and inspiration that runs through the event.

And so, another run has been completed and another tradition upheld in our family.

Mother's Day Classic

My love and thoughts today are with all Mums, Stepmums, Adoptive Mums, Foster Mums, Grandmothers and those who are just like a Mum. I’m also thinking of those Mums who have lost children which must be devastating.

As I look at my family after the run and we are joined by my son and his partner for brunch I am filled with such gratitude to have them in my life. They bring such joy and happiness.

I’m also grateful that although I don’t have my Mum she is still with me in spirit and I spent the rest of my Mother’s Day taking my almost 93 year Mother-In-Law shopping for clothes – she had a ball.

Happy Mother’s Day, hug those you love, tell them what they mean to you and enjoy your time with them. Life is short and oh so very precious.

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  • Reply Donna May 12, 2019 at 23:58

    Happy Mother’s Day, Sue – Thank you for being such an inspiration to all of us — and always following your beliefs with action. Congratulations on another successful run!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 14, 2019 at 04:24

      Thank you Donna, I had a beautiful Mother’s Day. We ran and it was great to have Ethan and Elliot cheering us on. Then we all went to breakfast and my son,Nathan and his partner met us. After that Mike and I took his Mum out for a shopping spree and she had a ball. Thank you for always being so supportive of what I do and my website. Have a beautiful week, my friend. x

  • Reply Debbie May 14, 2019 at 18:13

    I loved reading this Sue and after writing my own post about my Mother’s Day run I linked to your post. I think your tradition with Rachel is just beautiful and I felt the emotion on the day so much more than any other year, mainly because of my sister. I can only imagine how much emotion there was for you with your tribute to your mum. I think all the emotion made me run like the wind and I was thrilled with my efforts on the day. We had a lovely lunch out afterwards with my daughter and son-in-law and some of their friends. I was spoilt by Emilia for my first Mother’s Day as a grandmother 🙂

  • Reply Nancy W Dobbins May 15, 2019 at 22:07

    Lovely tradition, Sue…and healthy/active too!

  • Reply Leslie Susan Clingan May 16, 2019 at 04:01

    I know your MIL loved going shopping for new clothes. My 92 year old mum is more the clothes horse now than ever in her life. Sad that my dad can’t see it! Or maybe he can.

    What a wonderful Mother’s Day tradition. Glad that you daughter is now running with you. If my youngest moves to El Paso, running with her is something I will really enjoy. We have always been running partners except when distance separates us.

    Have been out of the blogging loop while caring for mom in Kentucky but trying to get caught up now. Big hugs!!

  • Reply Erica/Erika May 18, 2019 at 12:04

    Hi Sue, Thank you for sharing this post. A very special event especially when you run with your daughter. A “tradition” you “treasure.” All of us have been touched in some way by cancer. My husband’s sister passed away 2 days ago from cancer. A battle she had been fighting for a number of years ?Events like these help bring awareness and funding to cancer research. Beautiful photos of you and your family. A poignant post, definitely leaving me teary-eyed, especially the reminder “Life is short and oh, so very precious.”

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 19, 2019 at 17:39

      Hi Erica I am so, so sorry to hear about your sister-in-law and my thoughts are with you and your family. As you say we are all touched in some way by cancer, my Dad and brother also died from this disease and both in their mid 60s. I love our tradition and I feel Mum would love it too. It is hard not to get teary-eyed isn’t it and I feel so sad for you all. Sending you my love. xx

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