Pakenham cancer sufferer finds his voice for charity

Amy McNamara and John McNamara with The Victoria landlord Jeff Omen
Amy McNamara and John McNamara with The Victoria landlord Jeff Omen
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A man from Pakenham who feared he would never sing again after being diagnosed with throat cancer is preparing to perform this weekend.

Getting his diagnosis last year was a ‘pretty harsh reality’ for Larry and the Lilos band member John McNamara.

Having sung from the age of 13, he was ‘devastated’ when he lost his voice, only to be told it may never recover.

“I was devastated. I’m a reasonable musician but I’m a better singer and it was harsh for me to lose my voice because I’ve always been proud of what I can do with it,” said the 59-year-old who had a tumour growing on his tonsils.

Now five-months into remission, the father-of-two has planned a fund-raiser ‘to give something back’ to Addenbrooke’s, which cared for him.

Billed as ‘bands, beer, barbecue and auction’, the event is set to take place at The Victoria in Thurston from noon until midnight on Sunday.

It will feature his band, as well as Ratzinasack, Big Girls Blooze, Stereo Jacks and Ben Sat Alright and there will be an auction, raffle, barbecue, bouncy castle and head shave.

“I’d love to do it every year and if this year’s response is anything to go by it can only get better,” said Mr McNamara, hopeful of raising£2,000.

“I think it’s going to be a fantastic day and there’s going to be some great prizes to be won, all for a good cause.”

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