Elliott Wright takes on Prostate Cancer UK challenge in honor of his late father

Elliott Wright said participating in Run the Month Marathon Edition for Prostate Cancer UK was “very personal” for him after his late father was diagnosed with the disease.

The reality TV star, who appeared in The Only Way Is Essex with his cousin Mark Wright, will run 26.2 miles throughout January in the charity’s blue and black to raise awareness. and money.

Wright, who also completed the challenge last year, said his father, Edward, known as Eddie, is a big supporter of the charity.

Speaking of his connection to the cause, Wright told the PA news agency: “My grandfather had prostate cancer a few years ago and he had his prostate removed.

“Unfortunately, my dad got sick in 2013 and he didn’t handle it fast enough so it spread, became terminal and we lost him last year to Covid-19.

“But basically, his immune system was weakened by the drugs he was taking.

“So it’s a very personal cause for me. My dad has always been someone who has been very interested in trying to raise awareness about prostate cancer, so that’s why I’m trying to continue that in his honor, to a degree. something.”

Wright, who ran more than 100 miles last year, surpassing his 26.2-mile goal, said he wants more men to get their prostate checked.

The charity says prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men in the UK, although survival rates have improved – “probably” due to routine screening.

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Elliott Wright wears a Prostate Cancer UK (Prostate Cancer UK/PA) t-shirt

“It’s more of raising awareness,” says Wright. That’s what my dad wanted to do. It’s good to raise money, but the most important thing is awareness because most men don’t even check.

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“’I don’t need a doctor’, I’ve heard that many times, even from my own family, and you sit there and think, ‘Just go see a doctor.’

“There are a lot of people who don’t check and then find out in the worst way. If you can run 26.2 miles and save a life or get someone to test themselves a lot sooner, you’ve done a great job. That’s how I see it.”

Wright was among the original selectors in 2017, performing all in ITV’s The Real Full Monty, which sees celebrities perform striptease to raise awareness of the test. cancer.

Describing the experience as “eye-opening”, Wright added: “I had a guy come into my restaurant in Spain and we literally saved his life because he was just busy. He went for a prostate check after watching The Real Full Monty and he ended up having emergency surgery.

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Elliott Wright with the cast of ITV’s The Real Full Monty (PA)

“He said, ‘If it weren’t for that, I wouldn’t be here today.’ It made me very emotional because he walked into the restaurant and had his wife and children there.

“When you take off your clothes, you are very embarrassed, but when you really see the impact… that is a wonderful thing.”

Wright said the challenge was “achievable by anyone”.

“It’s not in-depth,” he said. You don’t have to go 26 miles in one day, you can do it in 31 days. So people can really participate, even if that means walking three or four kilometers every day.

“The cool thing is that I can do it with my wife, who is pregnant. So she can run or walk three kilometers with me. She is more than capable of doing that.”

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Wright and his wife Sadie (PA)

Last year, Wright said his wife, Sadie, had a miscarriage at the age of five months.

Run the Month has raised more than £5.2 million since October 2020. This year, the team includes Emmerdale’s Matthew Wolfenden, Love Islander Arabella Chi and Channel 5 host Rob Bell.

Nicola Tallett, fundraising director at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “The fight against prostate cancer is a marathon, not a sprint. Since 2020, our amazing supporters have raised significant funds by participating in our virtual running challenge – and 2023 is going to be bigger and better.

“By running 26.2 miles – or more – in January, our supporters will not only get fit after the rigors of the holiday season, but they will also raise important funds in the fight. against the most common cancer in men.

“From the stars of the stage and screen to the novice and seasoned athletes, join your friends or your pet dog, start your day or end it under the stars. Every challenge plays a great role in bringing people together for a common goal.”

Registration information for Run the Month: Marathon Edition is available at runthemonthme.prostate Canceruk.org

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