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Parents pledge fund set up for tragic Murray will live on
9:00am Tuesday 3rd December 2013 in News
A fund which was set up to help a paralysed teenager will continue in his memory following his death.
Nineteen-year-old Murray Watson (pictured) died before he could benefit from it, but his parents say they will continue to collect money in his name to help other teenagers.
Once a promising footballer, Murray was struck down by an aggressive tumour on his spine last year. He was diagnosed with anaplastic astrocytoma shortly after completing A-levels at Guiseley School. He had planned to go to Northumbria University, but instead he spent six months in Leeds General Infirmary undergoing extensive chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
His family and friends were trying to raise £21,000 to buy a special ‘stand up’ wheelchair to give him greater independence, but sadly the teenager died in August before he had chance to see it.
His parents, Nicola and Kenny, of Yeadon, say the trust fund will continue to support other teenagers diagnosed with terminal cancer. They will aim to have three events a year.
Mrs Watson said: “As a family we are really strong but it has been hard.
“Murray was just amazing and he was a really strong character. He never felt sorry for himself.
“He was very athletic and for someone like that to become paralysed was just shocking.”
She added: “He was a very charitable person so it is nice that his memory will be able to live on. He would have liked the money to help others.”
Donations can be made via The Murray Watson Trust account. account Number 70798924, or by post to 4 Coverley Rise, Yeadon, Leeds.