After he retired Murray spent many years as a volunteer driver and loved spending his time giving back, Murray is truly passionate about caring for others.

His cancer journey began in the late ’90s when his first wife was diagnosed with cancer. Over the next five years, the Cancer Society was a key part of Lorna and Murray’s lives, providing support and care when they needed it most.

Devastatingly, Lorna passed away from cancer in 2005. Murray remembers:

“When she passed away, she wanted to have a Will made up and she gave a generous donation to Cancer Society . . . Going through cancer can be a very difficult time and it’s such a good service [Cancer Society] give, and so I said if it was good enough for her to do it, I’ll do it as well! And my son, he’s also got Cancer Society in his Will.”

Lorna received a lot of support, especially during her last few months. Murray still had to work and travel to support his family, keep his business running and pay the bills. Murray and Lorna needed the extra help.

“We couldn’t do without them – it’s just such an important organisation… Nobody wants to see someone suffering through their cancer.”

Now living in the beautiful suburb of Karaka, 78-year-old Murray hasn’t lost his enthusiasm for helping families facing cancer and wants to give back to everyone who supported them.

“I would say especially if you’ve been affected by cancer in your family, that you should seriously consider giving a donation in your Will… It goes to a very good cause, and they should be rewarded for the care and good work they do.”

Giving a gift in your Will to the Cancer Society is one of the best ways you can continue to support New Zealanders facing cancer in the future. If you would like to know more about giving in this special way, please call Ashleigh on 09 930 7172 or email

Images: Supplied.

This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with the Cancer Society.

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