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Neighbours star, 36, receives devastating health diagnosis

Kate Keltie, a former Neighbours star, was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Keltie played Michelle Scully in the popular soap.

Keltie (36), was the Scully sister, and her on-screen sisters were Holly Valance, Carla Bonner, and Carla Bonner.

A GoFundMe page Set up to raise money for Keltie already has $30,000 in donations

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Friend Ebonie Gilbert, who set up the page, wrote that Keltie’s cancer was “extremely aggressive”.

“Our beautiful Kate is going through the unimaginable,” she wrote.

“She Recently, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Breast Cancer.

Kate Keltie (left) and Ryan Moloney (aka Toadie), a Neighbours actor. Credit: GoFundMe/Getty

“Her It is very aggressive and has spread to other parts her body (known as metastatic).

“This week the fight of her life begins as she starts chemotherapy.

“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.”

Gilbert said that Keltie was told by doctors she wouldn’t be able to have children.

Kate Keltie (bottom right) with Neighbours stars Krista Vendy and Madeleine West, Holly Valance Holly Valance, Carla Bonner, Kym Valentine. Credit: Supplied

“This is devastating news for anyone, let alone at the age of 36, with no family history of breast cancer,” Gilbert wrote.

“Like us, you’ll be feeling shocked, wondering what you can do to help.

“On top of emotional support, one of the best things we can offer is financial help.”

Gilbert said funds raised would go towards Keltie’s day-to-day living expenses and specialist appointments.

After the GoFundMe page launched, the actress wrote her own words of gratitude.

“It’s so amazing to know I have so many incredible people in my corner,” she wrote.

British Lions Phil Vickery holds Neighbours’ star Kate Keltie, during a visit at the soap’s Melbourne location. Credit: Phil Walter – EMPICS/Images of Pennsylvania via Getty Images

“I’ve just got over Covid and I start my first round of chemotherapy tomorrow, and you really have no idea how my head space has changed going into it because of each and every one of you.

“Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.”

Many of the people who donated said that they loved Neighbours.

“Kate, as a UK fan of Neighbours since its beginning, you and the rest of the Scully’s remain close to my heart,” one fan wrote.

“I’m glad that it sounds like you have a great support network but know also that your Neighbours family is rooting for you all the way.”

Kate Keltie, Patrick Harvey, and Kate Keltie arrive at the Inside Soap awards. Credit: Yui Mok – PA Images/Images of Pennsylvania via Getty Images

“As a Neighbours fan I want to thank you for your wonderful legacy on the show as the youngest member of the Scully family,” added another.

“Wishing you every best wish and prayer as you go through this Kate. Hugs from Ireland.”

Keltie, who is best known for her appearance on Neighbours in 387 episodes, has also appeared in roles on other TV shows. Blue Heelers, Rush, Halifax f.p. Thunderstone

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