71-year-old cancer survivor Fran steps up for Prostate Cancer Research at the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K

71-years-old Fran McLean is determined to raise money for Prostate Cancer Research at the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K after her ex-partner's diagnosis.

71-year-old breast cancer survivor Fran is set to give a fundraising boost to Prostate Cancer Research at the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K on Sunday 23rd September after her ex-partner's diagnosis sparked her into action.

At 71-years-old many people might be tempted to put their feet up and take things a bit easier – but not Fran McLean.

A keen cyclist, she recently rode from Land’s End to John O’Groats and completed the North Coast 500.

Now she is getting ready to swap her bike for her trainers as she looks forward to tackling the Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K in aid of charity.

The retired film editor, who was treated for breast cancer in the 90s, will be raising money for Prostate Cancer Research after her ex-partner was diagnosed with the disease.

She returned to running seven months ago after a gap of over 20 years.

Fran, who moved to Sheffield in 2016, said: “I was enthused by hearing a few of my cycling friends talking about Parkrun. I didn't think my knees would put up with it but so far they have! I'd really forgotten just how much I loved running and how good it is for one's mental health.  I'm running Sheffield 10k for a personal challenge, just to see if I can.”

On her fundraising Fran said: “Within the last few months my ex-partner has been diagnosed with Advanced Prostate Cancer and is now undergoing hormonal treatment and chemotherapy.  I want to do something practical to help in addition to attending hospital appointments with him so I am fund-raising for the Prostate Cancer Research Centre.

“Their mission statement is to find better treatment and ultimately a cure for this horrible disease.  I myself was treated for breast cancer over 20 years ago and I think I'm right in saying prostate cancer is even more prevalent. We all know people affected and it's important to all of us that we find improved treatments so that more people can be as fortunate as I have been.”

The Asda Foundation Sheffield 10K is expected to raise tens of thousands of pounds for good causes and places are still available.

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You can also support Fran's fundraising on her Just Giving Page


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