Dana Iwanicki is participating in the Mother’s Day Classic in memory of her mother Lin, who died from breast cancer last year.
Dana Iwanicki is participating in the Mother’s Day Classic in memory of her mother Lin, who died from breast cancer last year. Luka Kauzlaric

Fun run a way to pay tribute to loved ones lost to cancer

DANA Iwanicki talked to her mother Lin Gregory everyday by Skype and email.

When she didn't hear from her for a couple of days, she knew something was wrong.

Mrs Gregory was diagnosed with breast cancer less than a month before she passed away.

In memory of her mother, Mrs Iwanicki is running in this year's Mother's Day Classic.

It is the second time she has participated in the 8km run, raising just under $3000 last year.

This year she hopes to raise $3500 to aid breast cancer research.

Originally from Iowa in the United States, Mrs Iwanicki was living in Gladstone when her mother was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer in December 2012.

"We found out just before Christmas," she said.

"It was devastating really. Just moving over here was a big step for me, to be away from my family."

"I ended up flying back over the day after Christmas, and our family really came together.

"She was in the hospital for about 10 days and they moved her to the hospice house because they didn't think she had long.

"I'm just lucky that I got to go home and spend the rest of that time with her and with the family."

Dana returned to Gladstone and searched for ways to get involved in fundraising efforts.

"If you want to take something good out of it, you get involved in stuff that you probably never would if that didn't affect your life.

"It was just really touching last year to participate in (the Mother's Day Classic).

"(Breast cancer) has touched a lot of people's lives, whether it's touched their lives now or not, it could be something that affects them in the future."

To support Dana with her fundraising, search her name at www.mothersdayclassic.com.au.

FUND RUN

What: Mother's Day Classic, 4km or 8km

When: Sunday, May 11

Where: Millenium Esplanade Playground, Tannum Sands

Register: before May 8

Donate: www.mothersdayclassic.com.au



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