Putting her best foot forward – that’s Colleen Humphries who took part in Birmingham’s half- marathon in a bid to raise funds for a prostate cancer charity after her husband was diagnosed with the disease.
The mum, from Chelmsley Wood, was inspired to don her gym gear when the family were given the news that her spouse Alan, who is 53, had an aggressive form of the cancer in June this year.
The customer engagement specialist for Coventry-based Rant & Rave and her two stepsons, Ian and Garry Humphries, took on the challenge of running 13.1 miles and to date have raised an amazing £2,700 for Prostate Cancer UK.
Colleen, who is 48 and lives in Picadilly Close, said: “It was all to raise awareness of the disease.
“Until Alan’s diagnosis I barely knew anything about prostate cancer. But it turns out it is the most common form of cancer for men in the UK. There is a high survival rate if identified in the early stages, but unfortunately for my Alan his diagnosis came too late.”
Colleen and Alan, who have five children between them, are aware the outcome might have been different if Alan had been diagnosed sooner.
Colleen added: “Over Christmas my husband was getting up to go to the loo a few times in the night and soon it increased.
“We went to the doctor and she did some checks but said he was fine and gave him water tablets.
“It wasn’t until June after insisting on seeing a consultant that Alan was diagnosed. It is too far gone to be operated on so his only chance is hormone treatment and then radiotherapy. We’ve been told he’s looking at three to five years.
“I really want to raise awareness.”
* Donations to Prostate Cancer UK can be made via Colleen’s JustGiving page https://www.justgiving.com/Colleen-Humphries/ or by texting RHRH97 and the amount you want to text to 70070.