The RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run was held on Sunday 8 March 2020 on the brand new course at the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens with two new courses running along the iconic Kangaroo Point cliffs, Story Bridge and Howard Smith Wharves.

The 15,000 participants created an expansive sea of pink through Brisbane City, raising a record breaking $1 million in support of patients being treated for breast cancer at Mater and funding lifesaving research. Funds raised from the event go to Mater Chicks in Pink to provide tangible support services for patients undergoing breast cancer treatment at Mater plus help fund lifesaving research programs at Mater Research to better understand and treat breast cancer in the future. Mater patient Jane Anderson was diagnosed with a triple negative breast cancer in 2017 and was only in her early 30s with three young children. “The care I received was amazing, especially from my breast care nurse and the Chicks in Pink. I think it’s important for women who are going through this to know they are not alone and there is support available through these sources,” Anderson said. “The International Women’s Day Fun Run is so important as the money raised goes back into to supporting the Chicks in Pink and the important work they do plus supporting research for a cure.”

Dr Patricia Carreira is one of Mater’s breast cancer researchers and receives funding through a fellowship from Mater Foundation. “My research focuses on trying to understand and find new ways to assess the prognosis of tumour samples in breast cancer. The goal of my research is to identify better treatment solutions for cancer patients,” Dr Carreira said. “I am using jumping genes in our genome and trying to understand the aggressiveness of tumours. By participating in the event you are helping people like me continue my research and answer the questions I am passionate about.” You can donate to the RACQ International Women’s Day Fun Run here

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