Former Neighbors star Kate Keltie, who played Michelle Scully in the popular soap, has been diagnosed with stage four breast cancer.
Keltie, 36, played Sister Scully from 1999 to 2004, with her on-screen sisters played by Holly Valance and Carla Bonner.
A GoFundMe page set up to raise funds for Keltie has already raised $30,000 in donations.
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Friend Ebonie Gilbert, who created the page, wrote that Keltie’s cancer was “extremely aggressive”.
“Our beautiful Kate is going through unimaginable things,” she wrote.
“She was recently diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.
“Her cancer is extremely aggressive and has spread to other parts of her body, including her lymph nodes, blood and hip bones (known as metastatic cancer).
“This week, the fight of her life begins as chemotherapy begins.
“Given the severity of the chemotherapy that Kate needs, her oncologist has advised that working and maintaining a job during this time is not an option.”
Gilbert added that Keltie was told by doctors that she would not be able to have children.
“This is devastating news for anyone, let alone a 36-year-old with no family history of breast cancer,” Gilbert wrote.
“Like us, you will be shocked and wonder what you can do to help.
“Besides emotional support, one of the best things we can give is financial help.”
Gilbert said the funds raised will go towards Keltie’s day-to-day expenses and specialist appointments.
The actress wrote her own words of thanks after launching the GoFundMe page.
“It’s so amazing to know that I have so many incredible people in my corner,” she wrote.
“Just got over covid and starting my first round of chemo tomorrow and you really have no idea how my head space has changed because of each and every one of you.
“Thank you so much.”
Many of those who donated said they were fans of her time on Neighbours.
“Kate, as a Neighbors UK fan since the beginning, you and the rest of the Scully family remain close to my heart,” wrote one fan.
“I’m glad you seem to have a great support network, but also know that your Neighbors family has your back all the way.”
“As a Neighbors fan I want to thank you for your wonderful legacy on the show as the youngest member of the Scully family,” added another.
“I wish you all the best wishes and prayers as you go through this Kate. Hugs from Ireland.”
While Keltie is best known for her role in Neighbours, which appeared in 387 episodes, she has also had roles in other TV shows including Blue Heelers, Rush, Halifax fp and Thunderstone.
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