OVER the 10 years Fay Dahtler has had breast cancer, she has seen the improvement in treatment techniques thanks to increased funding.
"I get treatment at the Friendlies Hospital in Bundaberg, and they are now doing big improvements to their oncology service," she said.
A $700,000 expansion is happening now at the Friendly Society Private Hospital, with a major focus on expanding the oncology unit.
Dahtler was one of many affected by breast cancer who came to Sunday's Mother's Day Classic in Monto.
"This is my third year here at the event, but this time I'm not in it and helping with the organising," she said. "Last year, I did the 5km walk two days after 12 months of chemotherapy."
Though she still has some breast cancer, her advice for other suffers is to push through and keep optimistic. "I just believed that it wasn't going to kill me," she said.
"Even though a lot of people do die from it, you've just got to keep positive.
"And also ask questions. The doctors are busy so if there's anything you want to know, ask."
The fun run's co-ordinator Lorraine Link applauded the community's involvement in getting behind the cause.
"Probably our oldest walker was 82," she said. "I lost my husband to cancer five years ago, and that is one of the reasons I wanted to organise the day."
More than $2000 was raised.