Girl, 8, Sends Emotional Message to Duchess Middleton

Childhood cancer survivor extends heartfelt support to Kate Middleton

by Zain ul Abedin
Girl, 8, Sends Emotional Message to Duchess Middleton
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In a touching display of solidarity, 8-year-old former cancer patient Mila Sneddon extends heartfelt support to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, following the royal's recent cancer diagnosis. Mila, who battled leukemia in 2021 and developed a bond with Kate during her own illness, offered words of encouragement to the princess, drawing from her own experience.

Expressing her empathy for Kate's situation, Mila stated to The Mirror, "She will be brave because I was, and she will fight it like I did." Her mother, Lynda, echoed this sentiment, emphasizing that cancer does not discriminate and can affect anyone regardless of age or status.

Taking to social media, Lynda further conveyed her family's well wishes for Kate's recovery, sending love and support to her, as well as to Prince William and their children. Alongside her message, she shared a poignant photograph capturing Mila's initial encounter with Kate at the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland, back in May 2021.

The relationship between Kate and Mila blossomed during the royal's Hold Still photography project in 2020, where Mila's image featured prominently, depicting her isolation from family during chemotherapy amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite her young age, Mila's resilience shone through, and she was declared cancer-free two years ago.

Kate's Brave Journey

The timing of Kate's diagnosis, coinciding with Mila's own anniversary of remission, deeply resonated with the family.

Moved by Kate's compassion and support during her own health battle, Mila felt compelled to reach out, planning to send a personal message of encouragement to the Duchess. Their bond transcended mere acquaintance, with Kate maintaining contact with Mila throughout her treatment, even inviting her to a Christmas carol concert in December 2021.

Additionally, the princess graciously acknowledged Mila's birthday wishes earlier this year. In her recent video statement, Kate revealed her cancer diagnosis following abdominal surgery in January, bravely sharing her journey with the public.

Lynda, touched by Kate's openness, expressed admiration for the Duchess's courage and resilience in facing this new challenge. As Kate embarks on her treatment, she can draw strength from the outpouring of support from Mila and countless well-wishers worldwide, united in solidarity against the common adversary of cancer.

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