Four years on, she is encouraging women of all ages to be breast aware and to take part in the Mother’s Day Classic fun run and walk to raise money and awareness of the disease.
The Mother’s Day Classic committee member said it was important to be breast aware from a young age after she found a lump through self examination.
‘It was such a shock to me, I had no family history, fitness was a big part of my life and I ate healthily,’ the Sorrento resident said.
‘Because I had never been around anyone who had breast cancer I never knew it was something I had to worry about at my age.’
Mrs Gleeson took part in the Melbourne event for two years before moving to Perth with husband and Wildcats coach Trevor Gleeson and children Shae and Taj in 2013.
‘I got involved in the committee here in Perth; it’s such a huge event in Melbourne and I saw there was room for growth here. It’s such a great way to spend Mother’s Day,’ she said.
The event takes place at 97 locations around Australia on May 10. Registrations are open for the 4km and 8km walk and run taking place at Langley Park, Riverside Drive.