Sisters join Race for Life for 'brave' mum

PUBLISHED: 18:00 20 March 2019

Charlotte, Katie and Jennifer with their mum Avril.

Charlotte, Katie and Jennifer with their mum Avril.

Paul Gillis

Three sisters have signed up for the Race for Life to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer after their mum was diagnosed with the disease.

Charlotte, Katie and Jennifer with their mum Avril.Charlotte, Katie and Jennifer with their mum Avril.

Avril Miller, aged 67, from Portishead was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer in November.

Jennifer, Charlotte and Katie said the diagnosis has changed their lives forever and they are determined to raise funds for the disease and be strong for their ‘incredibly brave’ mum.

Charlotte Constanza, aged 42, said: “Our beautiful loving mum, our rock, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. This has changed our lives forever.

“Our mum is an incredibly strong and brave lady so, we decided that we too needed to be brave and strong too.

Charlotte, Katie and Jennifer with their mum Avril.Charlotte, Katie and Jennifer with their mum Avril.

“We also realised just how many other people out there have their lives ripped apart by this disease and decided that, as three sisters together we weren’t going to sit back and be consumed, we were and are going to make a difference.”

Avril is on a clinical trial supported by Cancer Research UK which is part of a programme looking at new treatments.

She said: “I know I will never live without pancreatic cancer but with all the wonderful support from my family and friends, the clever and kind doctors and lovely nurses at Bristol Oncology, I can live with it.”

Her devoted daughters are taking part in the 10km Race for Life to raise funds for Cancer Research UK in May.

They are also organising cake sales, fundraising evenings and sponsorship events, such as a white collar boxing match, to raise further funds.

They are encouraging others to follow their lead and join them by signing up to any one of the fundraising events this summer.

Katie Longman, aged 31, said: “We have signed up for this 10k and a half marathon in September and although we are not runners, we will do this and we will reach out, spread hope and help others along the way.”

Alison Birkett at Cancer Research UK in the South West, said: “Our ground-breaking research wouldn’t be possible without people like Jennifer, Charlotte and Katie who take part in events like this each year and raise money to help beat cancer.”

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