A Bristol family plagued by the devastating effects of prostate cancer is supporting a run to raise money for the Southmead Hospital Prostate Cancer Appeal.
Katie Gransden, 38 from Frenchay, lost her great-grandfather to the illness while her grandfather and father are also sufferers and currently undergoing treatment.
Katie, along with husband Chris and children Jacob (10) and Molly (8), are taking part in the Big Run for the Future on 8 September, which raises money for prostate cancer research and treatment in Bristol.
Katie, a primary school teacher, said: “Prostate cancer has affected three generations of my family. After my great-grandfather died it was devastating to learn that my granddad and dad both had it too.
“Prostate cancer is a terrible disease with rates similar to breast cancer but you just don’t hear enough about it. Our family is proof that men are seriously affected by this illness so I want to do everything possible to fight it.
“We wanted to take part in the Run for the Future because it’s a cause close to our hearts and we feel strongly about the wonderful work that goes on in Bristol for prostate cancer sufferers.
“My dad is undergoing radiotherapy at the moment; he’s nearly finished his course of treatment so we’ve got everything crossed for good results. He will be there at the run cheering us on along with my other daughter Isobel, so it’s really going to be a family affair!
“I’d urge any other Bristol families affected by prostate cancer to join us at the run to not only raise money but raise awareness.”
The Big Run for the Future is a 5k family fun-run taking place on Durdham Downs on 8 September. Although expected to attract some serious runners the event is open to all ages and abilities. People can walk or run the course and are being encouraged to picnic after the event where there will be some family entertainment.
This year the run will have a robot theme to celebrate the pioneering robotic treatment happening at the Bristol Urological Institute at Southmead Hospital. Runners and spectators are being encouraged to dress in robot fancy dress with prizes for the best dressed.
Director of the Bristol Urological Institute and consultant urologist, Dr David Gillatt said: “Prostate cancer is known as the ‘silent killer’ and claims the lives of 11,000 men in the UK every year, with a further 41,000 being diagnosed.
“Unfortunately Katie’s story is not unfamiliar as men with a family history are more at risk, as are older men and men of black African and black Caribbean descent.
“It’s great to see the family taking part in the run and helping to raise awareness of the work we do and the dangers of prostate cancer.”
The first Run for the Future was organised in 2006 and since then around £250,000 has been raised.
Katie continued: “I want to prevent as many families in Bristol as possible from going through what my family has. I’d really encourage men to get PSA tested and women to nag them to do it!”
You can register for Run for the Future here.