Neighbors fans stunned 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 call on her to share the ‘amazing story’
An ex-Neighbors star has left fans mystified 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 the disease last November, helping her raise nearly £20,000 ($37,000AUD) through a GoFundMe appeal.
However, last month, after revealing her recovery on the website, her words were deleted and the account was deactivated and removed from public view.
She has declined requests to tell her story, prompting former co-stars to call on the actress-turned-recruiting consultant to share her “amazing story of beating cancer.”
A Neighbors source said: ‘It would just be really nice to hear a little bit more about her story, it’s great. She was a big part of the Neighbors family and while not everyone is in touch anymore, we all wish her well.”
Australian actress Kate Keltie, 37, (pictured) revealed last November that she had been diagnosed with the disease, and fans helped her raise almost £20,000 through a GoFundMe appeal
Ms. Keltie, who played Michelle Scully for five years from 1999 when she was 13 as the onscreen sister to 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 donated money to her fund, which was orchestrated by her cousin, financier, Ebony Gilbert.
She appealed to people to donate, writing: “Given the severity of the chemotherapy Kate will need, her oncologist advised that working and keeping her job during this time is not an option. She will lose her beautiful hair and will not be able to bear 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 supplies and wigs and specialist skin products.
Mrs. Keltie played Michelle Scully for five years from 1999 when she was 13 as the onscreen sister of Holly Valance’s character Flick
A Neighbors source said: ‘She was a huge part of the Neighbors family and while not everyone is in touch anymore, we all wish her well
Ms Keltie was then treated at the Peter Mac Cancer Center 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 “great news to share” that she was now cancer-free.
She wrote, “I recently received the results of my last scan and was told there had been a full metabolic response to diseased areas.
“The past six months have been, to say the least, the most challenging time I’ve ever been through… I couldn’t have done it without all of you. Your support played a major role in my navigation through this terrible time.”
But details about her recovery – which could bring hope to women in a similar position – have 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 financial firm Vanguard Australia meant she was too busy to talk.
Ms Keltie’s spokesperson said: ‘It’s such a great result for her and her family.’