EastEnders star Kellie Bright has told fans that her two young cousins are both battling the same form of leukaemia, as she shared an emotional post after visiting their treatment centre with co-star Danny Dyer.
Kellie, 46, and Danny, 45 – who play exes Linda and Mick Carter in the soap – visited the hospital to see the actress's cousin and posted a snap of themselves smiling with the young girl and nurses at the hospital.
After wishing her followers a Merry Christmas, Kellie went on to share Katie's diagnosis as she wrote: " I want to introduce you to my little cousin @katie_mayy.x who is currently battling acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) Here she is with all the wonderful nurses on the T12 (teenage cancer) ward at UCHL."
Kellie then explained a little more about the situation, explaining that Katie's younger brother Myles was diagnosed with the same type of leukaemia two years prior.
She added: "It’s almost unheard of for siblings to have the same leukaemia as there is not supposed to be any genetic link."
She continued: "As you can imagine, it’s been really hard for them as a family to just keep going…. I am SO in awe of them and the courage they have shown (not just Myles and Katie, but mum and dad, nanna and grandad…) we are all keeping our fingers crossed that they will both be at home for Christmas.
Kellie then asked her followers to send Katie some love, who she said "knows I am posting this".
Kellie’s former EastEnders co-star Samantha Womack recently announced the happy news that she is cancer-free, after being diagnosed with breast cancer earlier in the year.
In August, Samantha announced that she had breast cancer. It came in the wake of Olivia Newton-John’s passing – the Grease legend having battled with the disease for 30 years.
After revealing that she was cancer-free in December, Samantha spoke exclusively to OK! about how she was feeling and what the future holds.
She said: “I just feel really thankful and really grateful that I caught it when I did,” she says. “I feel very thankful for my life. I know that sounds crazy, but it’s almost like I can see the beauty in everything now – like everything feels special. I keep bursting into tears, because I’m happy.
“I think it [going through cancer] shifts your perspective and suddenly everything feels really important and really vital and you suddenly just appreciate everything.”
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