8 September 2010
In my last blog I talked about the Bristol Half Marathon, and I’d like to continue the theme by drawing your attention to another charitable event which does tremendous good for many people and of which Spire Bristol Hospital is a proud sponsor.
Run for the Future is an annual event held in Bristol which aims to raise awareness about the so-called “hidden” cancer of the prostate.
It’s a sad fact that as many as 35,000 men are diagnosed every year in this country with prostate cancer and tragically over 10,000 die from the disease, roughly the same number of deaths as women from breast cancer.
But prostate cancer research only receives a quarter of the funding spent on research into breast cancer in women.
So, to help raise much-needed funds for research and prostate cancer treatment, Rotary in Bristol organises an annual sponsored walk, jog or run for the whole family around Bristol Downs. Run for the Future 2010 takes place on Sunday September 19 at noon on Bristol’s Durdham Downs.
Last year more than 1,000 people of all ages and abilities took part and enjoyed themselves immensely. Every year the event gets bigger and bigger with many families and groups getting involved to remember loved ones and friends who have suffered from the disease.
To date, Run for the future has not only raised awareness about the symptoms of prostate cancer for men to look out for, and about the availability of simple tests to aid prostate cancer diagnosis, but has also generated £180,000 for the Bristol Urological Institute Prostate Cancer Appeal.
Here at Spire Bristol Hospital we are extremely proud to be sponsoring this event and, as well as offering many prostate surgery treatments at the hospital itself, our representatives will be attending Run for the Future on the day offering free prostate cancer tests for men who choose to take them.