Mother's Day Classic a family affair for Natalia
THE Mother's Day Classic, which raises funds for breast cancer research, has become a family tradition for three generations of Natalia Mudge's family since she was diagnosed with breast cancer over nine years ago.
The event, which they used to attend in Sydney, became so special to the family that Natalia started the Central Coast classic at Davistown four years ago.
Natalia actually took part in her first event when she was still on chemo, and her family, including her husband, children and dad, Greg Vadillo, have been by her side at each one.
In fact, each year Greg dons all the medallions he has received as a participant in each event, although Natalia admits it's getting to be quite a load.
This year they have twice the reason to walk, with Greg, 67, having been diagnosed with prostate cancer, and undergoing radiation treatment.
"I was diagnosed at 33, while I was breastfeeding my daughter," Natalia said.
"She was six months old and my son was about 18 months."
Natalia was in surgery within days, ultimately having first one breast and then the other removed and a reconstruction, as well as chemo and radiation treatment.
"I wanted to do something positive so there is prevention and a cure by the time my daughter is old enough to be affected," Natalia said of her reason for being such a strong supporter of the Mother's Day Classic.
Only about 80 people took part in the first Davistown event. By the second year that number had risen to almost 200.
Last year about 150 braved the rain to take part, with about $10,000 being raised each of the past two years.
This year, Natalia is again hoping to attract at least 200 people for the 4km walk and run which starts and ends at Davistown Memorial Park on Sunday, May 13.
"A lot of people who take part have been touched by cancer and are doing it with or for family," Natalia said.
"It's a really fun day and something special to be involved with."
Registration, where you will likely find Natalia's mum Lesley on duty, is from 7.30am, with the run starting at 8.30am and the walk at 9am.
"It's an easy walk for all ages and it's all wrapped up by 11.30am, so you can still go and have lunch with Mum," Natalia said.
There's a sausage sizzle, coffee cart, raffle and face-painting and, this year, a prize for the best- dressed team, whether that be family or business.
Natalia is keen to attract more local business or group support for the event.
"We are very lucky we've had some businesses that donate every year for the raffle, but we really would like to get more on board to make it an even bigger and better event," she said.
If you can help, contact Natalia at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0437577663. To find out more about the Mother's Day Classic, go to mothersdayclassic.com.au.