A family from Sale are encouraging local people to take part in Tough 10, a 10k trail run, this Autumn in support of Cancer Research UK.
Elisse Grady took part in the event at Heaton Park last year alongside her sister Sheridan, in support of their Dad Mikey Grady, aged 63, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in November 2016. Now, Elisse, aged 26 and her younger sister Sheridan, aged 24, are encouraging local men and women to follow in their footsteps to help beat the disease by entering the Tough 10 event on 10 November.
Following their Dad’s diagnosis, Mikey underwent 3 months of hormone injections as well as a course of radiotherapy at The Christie hospital. In May 2018 he was told he was in remission thanks to treatment and, although he is currently undergoing further tests, the family remain positive about his diagnosis.
Mikey says, “Positive mental attitude is really important. It might not cure the cancer but if you keep smiling that will get you through.’ And this positivity helped him cheer his daughters over the finish line at Tough 10 last November.
Elisse says, “It was such a great feeling crossing the finish line at Tough 10 and having Dad there to welcome us, even though he wasn’t very well at the time. We have such a strong bond and from a young age have shared a passion for sports. Sheridan never used to enjoy running but she has worked her way up to long distances and we are so proud to be able to take on these events together to support Cancer Research UK”
One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before. Cancer survival in the UK has doubled since the early 1970s and Cancer Research UK’s work has been at the heart of that progress.
Elisse continues, “It was a terrible shock when Dad was diagnosed with cancer. We have always looked up to him as a strong man and the kind of Dad who has always taken a ‘tough love’ approach with us. It was a shock because he was always the one who protected us growing up, and it has been awful to see this strength attacked by cancer. He’s my very best friend in the world, never mind an amazing Dad. He is a fighter and has taught myself and Sheridan the definition of strength in every sense.”
This is not the first event Elisse and her sister have taken part in events to support Cancer Research UK. Sheridan completed the Manchester Marathon in April in support of the charity, and the two of them have also taken part in 5K and 10K Pretty Muddy events. The sisters say, “10k might be tough but when you think about your loved ones fighting cancer, it is nothing in perspective. To us these events are really important and we want to make sure Dad knows we are fighting this as a team every step of the way”
The event gives participants the chance to pitch themselves against the elements, while taking on muddy trails, steep hills and uneven terrain, to raise money for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving research.
Join Elisse and Sheridan at the start line and help beat cancer sooner by signing up to Tough 10 on 10 November at Heaton Park. Visit cruk.org/tough10 to sign up now.
· Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research.