A SPECIAL dad will be remembered tonight at a charity event to raise awareness of prostate cancer.
Every year, Karen Liddle hosts a fund-raising evening to highlight the condition which kills a man in the UK every hour.
The cause is close to the heart of 35-year-old Karen ever since her dad, Denny Seafield, died in January 2011, aged 66.
Karen, who runs city firm KLR Management, said: “I try to do something as often as possible to create awareness of the disease.
“Dad fought for two years against prostate and bone cancer. The frightening thing is there are very few symptoms of it.
“Dad’s cancer had spread to his bones before he discovered he had the disease. All he had was back pain.”
Karen has enlisted the help of medium Tony Cole for the fund-raiser at the Alexandra pub in Grangetown, Sunderland.
She added: “We’re hoping to raise as much money – and awareness – as possible and hope people will come along and enjoy the night.”
More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year, while more than 250,000 are living with the disease.
Prostate cancer can grow slowly or very quickly.
Most prostate cancer is slow-growing to start with and may never cause any problems or symptoms in a man’s lifetime.
However, some men will have cancer that is more aggressive or “high risk”. This needs treatment to help prevent or delay it spreading outside the prostate gland.
Karen added: By raising awareness, we can help do our bit in Sunderland to tackle this condition.”
Tonight’s event kicks off at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50 on the door.
There will also be a raffle and talk on prostate cancer during the evening.