I’m Justin and at the end of 2017, when I was finishing up Year 12, my mum was diagnosed with breast cancer. You probably would have read in her story about how rare her breast cancer is, and how hard her treatment has been.
As a family, we’ve been through some hard times together, which has made us extremely close. I describe it as more of an unbreakable bond kind of thing.
Mum’s been through a really hard time and I know it’s not over yet.
She still has tough days, but it's really positive to see her being able to go back to work, to go to the gym, get out and around… you know, just to have her be happier with the path she is on now, is really nice.
I can’t wait to take part in the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run with her this year. It was so special when I walked the 5 km with her last year, and this year I’m excited we are able to do it all over again. I’m hoping that we’ll see more sons and mums teams at this year’s event, too.
It seems silly to have to say, but women are important in a lot of men's lives. I want people to understand that a lot of women go through tough times with breast cancer, and there are ways we can show them support.
I think it’s awesome that you’re taking part in the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run, and that you’re helping to raise funds to support women with breast cancer—like my mum.
Even if what you’re doing helps someone you don't know, some random person that you'll never get to meet, it feels nice to be able to help people.
Fifty families each day, just like mine, will learn they have a mum, a sister or a daughter with breast cancer.* It’s a horrible thing to learn and a terrible thing to go through, but today, just by asking a few people to donate, you can help so many families. So please share your fundraising page link with your friends.
I’m so proud of my mum for taking part again this year. If you see us on Sunday 3 March, please say ‘hi’.
Good luck with your walk or run, and thank you for your support.
PS: I’ll be out there with mum on Sunday 3 March in team Leave me Breastless (mum’s choice) make sure you give us a wave – we can’t wait to see you there!
* Cancer Australia, 2018