BREAST cancer survivor Deanne Evans is doing Warrnambool's Mother's Day Classic for a different reason.
After being diagnosed with stage three breast cancer four years ago at the age of 31, the Warrnambool survivor has been an avid campaigner for breast cancer awareness.
But this year she is taking a different bent to Mother's Day as a survivor no longer able to bear children.
"Due to the aggressiveness of my cancer I didn't have time to freeze my eggs," Deanne said.
"I'm infertile and just had my ovaries out.
"For me, to do the Mother's Day Classic with a different spin is for the young women with breast cancer. I'm doing it for other women so they don't have to go through what I have."
By making her brave stance, Ms Evans is raising awareness for young women with breast cancer.
"I'm raising awareness for young women because it's a completely different issue from younger to older women," she said.
"When I went into treatment I didn't realise what I would miss out on. It was only six months after a my treatment I realised I can't have children.
"My type of cancer would feed on oestrogen which meant I had to be put into medically-induced menopause. My ovaries just didn't work anymore."
Ms Evans will join hundreds of campaigners this Sunday as the Warrnambool Mother's Day Classic ambassador.
She will make a speech before the event about her journey towards recovery.
"I have always been very open about my journey. When I was first diagnosed I started a Facebook page so everyone could keep up to date on how I was doing," Ms Evans said.
"I always talk about the real side effects of chemotherapy, things like mouth ulcers, the lining of my eyes burning from the chemicals, the way my hands and feet are numb now due to nerve damage from the radiation, how I have to wear a $160 bra now just to be out of pain.
"All these things that people don't realise can happen. People have learnt from me being so open about it.
"I want to raise awareness and money so that future women can be mums themselves."
The Mother's Day Classic is a nation-wide community event that raises funds for breast cancer research, as well as celebrating and honouring those touched by breast cancer.
The Warrnambool event is in its 12th year and offers participants a three kilometre walk and a four and seven kilometre run along the promenade.
The course is along Pertobe Road to the breakwater then back along the promenade, past the surf club, before turning around to return to the start/finish line, starting 8am and finishing at 11am. The three kilometre option equals one lap.
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