Harry Potter star raises £880 for the Throat Cancer Foundation

An actress who starred in Harry Potter has raised an incredible £880 for the Throat Cancer Foundation after her dad’s heartbreaking battle with the disease.

Sunderland star Anna Murray, 27, recently completed the Great North Run in just two hours and 20 minutes to celebrate the fact her dad Michael, 59, was given the all clear.

 

 

The singer and actress, who is originally from Sunderland but now lives in London, told how watching her dad endure gruelling cancer treatment had a devastating impact on her family.

Her dad Michael Murray, a financial advisor for a pharmaceutical company, was diagnosed with throat cancer aged 53 in October 2012 despite having never been ill his entire life.

 

“It came as a massive shock to all of the family,” Anna admitted. “My dad had never smoked a cigarette a day in his life and he was a really healthy, energetic man.

“He had a sore throat and went to the doctors in March 2012 and they told him it was a viral infection.

“It didn’t seem to be going away so he went back and forth to the doctors for months on end.

“He had further checks and by chance they put a camera down and they caught it.”

Following his diagnosis, Michael was given private healthcare through his company and was forced to undergo gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment throughout Christmas time in 2012.

He had radiotherapy five days every week and chemotherapy every single Friday for six exhaustive weeks.

 

 

Anna says her dad has since been left with a number of long-term effects which impact his everyday life.

Tyne and Wear-born Michael is been left without the ability to taste and suffers from a permanently dry mouth.

“He’s doing really well now but he’s been affected for life,” Anna said.

“He’s got no taste now, no saliva glands and he constantly has to carry water around with him.

“My dad had really abrasive treatment and he had to be fed through a tube.

“It was awful to see the strongest man in our family so weak.

“Food used to be a really wonderful thing for him but now it’s become a necessity.

“He used to love going for dinners but now he can often dread it because a lot of food doesn’t work for him as he had such an abrasive treatment.”

Anna admits she struggled to watch her father deteriorate in front of her very eyes.

“I found it awful emotionally and I really struggled with it and so did my brother,” she said. “My mum, who is a nurse, became the backbone of our family.”

On September 9, Grease Musical actress Anna and her friend Sally Harris completed the half marathon to raise funds for the national charity which is dedicated to reducing the impact of throat cancers on individuals and wider society.

Anna continued: “I’ve always wanted to do the Great North run because that’s where we’re originally from.

“It holds a special place in my heart and I’ve always wanted to run for this charity.”

To donate further towards Anna’s amazing cause visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anna-Murray10

 

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