Shepparton woman ready for Mother’s Day Classic

By Liz Mellino

Shepparton’s Marilyn Boulter will be pulling out her walking shoes this Sunday to take part in the annual Mother’s Day Classic in Melbourne.

Many would not know of Ms Boulter’s personal connection to cancer; her daughter Felicity was diagnosed with stage three cancer in 2013.

Now six years on and cancer-free, the pair will be walking The Tan track in Melbourne to raise funds and awareness for cancer research.

‘‘It’s an opportunity for me to get together with my daughters down in Melbourne to do what we enjoy doing best,’’ Ms Boulter said.

‘‘Just enjoy spending time together and getting some exercise but also to contribute to the fight against cancer because that’s been such a huge issue in our lives with our family.’’

Ms Boulter, a resident at Lifestyle Shepparton, will walk alongside more than 400 Lifestyle Communities homeowners who are taking part in the fundraiser.

While she has set herself an individual goal of raising $500 for cancer research, she said the fundraising efforts of Lifestyle members would be matched by the Lifestyle Foundation.

‘‘The Lifestyle Foundation is going to donate dollar for dollar whatever we earn — so you can imagine they are in for a big pay day with a lot of us contributing,’’ Ms Boulter said.

‘‘There are so many people in this community who have lost loved ones to cancer and so many people here at Lifestyle who are battling it, so it’s a way of flying the flag for everybody.’’

With new advancements in cancer treatments seeing modified forms of the AIDS virus and people’s own immunity cells being used to seek out and kill cancer cells, Ms Boulter said she remained hopeful for people who were diagnosed in the future.

While she and her family have been through tough times, she remained grateful and said there were thousands of other families going through much worse.

‘‘I think that it is about being grateful for the life we have, being compassionate and loving ... I think the biggest thing is that you never know what someone else is going through — because no-one would ever have known that Felicity was ill,’’ Ms Boulter said.

‘‘So just be generous and loving to everyone and remember that everyone is going through their own things and you never know what’s going on.’’

To donate to Marilyn’s Mother’s Day Classic fundraising efforts, visit www.mothersdayclassic19.