A Doncaster man who defied doctors to beat throat and neck cancer is hosting a charity party to give something back to the nurses who he credits with saving his life.
The future looked bleak for James Murray when he was given the heartbreaking diagnosis after finding a lump in his neck while driving.
But after undergoing gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy the van driver, 53, now has something to celebrate after beating the killer condition.
Mr Murray, who underwent treatment at Sheffield’s Weston Park Hospital after his diagnosis in May of last year, is hosting a “getting well party” to raise money for the hospital.
He said: “When I heard the words cancer I was floored, I was absolutely devastated, my first though was ‘how do I tell my daughter?’
“But I thought I’m not going to let this beat me.
“They told me the prognosis was not good but my family gave me the determination to fight.
“If it wasn’t for the nurses at Weston Park I wouldn’t be here. They do such a good job. They talk to you in the night, pick you up when you’re feeling down. I can’t thank them enough so I hope this charity event will be a way of giving something back.”
Mr Murray, who is dad to 24-year-old Rebecca and grandfather to 15-month-old Georgia, already has raffle prizes from companies including Morrisons and Sainsbury’s and he is keen for other businesses on board.
The event will take place on July 20 at The Newton Arms in Sprotbrough.
To support Mr Thompson’s event contact him on 07983 970650