Neighbours fans bewildered after details of how soap star Kate Keltie, 37, recovered from aggressive cancer just four months after shock ‘terminal’ diagnosis remain shrouded in mystery – as former co-stars appeal for her to share the ‘amazing story’
An ex-Neighbours star has left fans bewildered after details of her recovery from aggressive stage four breast cancer have been shrouded in mystery.
They rallied around Australian actress Kate Keltie, 37, when she revealed she had been diagnosed with the illness last November, and helped her raise almost £20,000 ($37,000 AUD) on a GoFundMe appeal.
However, last month, after she revealed her recovery on the website, her words were removed and the account was deactivated and deleted from public view.
She has declined requests to tell her story, prompting former co-stars to appeal to the actress-turned-recruitment consultant to share her ‘amazing story of how she beat the cancer’.
A Neighbours source said: ‘It would just be really nice to hear a little bit more about her story, it’s amazing. She was a big part of the Neighbours family and while not everyone is in touch any more, we all wish her well.’
Australian actress Kate Keltie, 37, (pictured) revealed she had been diagnosed with the illness last November, and fans helped her raise almost £20,000 on a GoFundMe appeal
Ms Keltie, who played Michelle Scully for five years from 1999 when she was 13 as the on-screen sister of Holly Valance’s character Flick, shocked fans when she revealed she had the disease last November.
She said it had spread to other parts of her body, including her lymph nodes, blood and hip bone.
She explained that she was about to start chemotherapy. Fans and her former colleagues immediately gave to her fund which was orchestrated by her financier cousin, Ebony Gilbert.
Appealing to people to donate, she wrote: ‘Given the severity of the chemotherapy that Kate requires, her oncologist advised that working and maintaining her job during this time is not an option. She will lose her gorgeous hair and cannot carry children in the future.’
Setting a target of £13,413 – A$25,000 – Ms Gilbert explained that Ms Keltie needed the money for rent, food, bills, specialist medical treatment, a regular cleaner, cleaning products and wig and specialist skin products.
Ms Keltie,played Michelle Scully for five years from 1999 when she was 13 as the on-screen sister of Holly Valance’s character Flick
A Neighbours source said: ‘She was a big part of the Neighbours family and while not everyone is in touch any more, we all wish her well
Ms Keltie went on to be treated at the Peter Mac cancer centre in her hometown of Melbourne. But just four months later friends and family were overjoyed when Ms Keltie updated her GoFundMe page to say she had to ‘share some incredible news’ that she was now cancer-free.
She wrote: ‘I recently received results of my latest scan and was told that there had been a complete metabolic response to diseased areas.
‘The last six months have been the most challenging time I have ever experienced, to say the least… I couldn’t have done it without each and every one of you. Your support played a huge part in my navigating this horrible time.’
But details of her recovery – which could give hope to women in a similar position – are yet to be revealed.
Ms Gilbert’s father – and Ms Keltie’s uncle – Michael Keltie said his daughter’s job as head of digital experience at finance firm Vanguard Australia meant she was too busy to talk.
Ms Keltie’s spokesman said: ‘It is such a wonderful outcome for her and her family.’