Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio are showing just how big their hearts are!
The former costars joined forces to raise money for Gemma Nuttall, a 28-year-old mom who was battling cancer while pregnant, so she can receive the special treatment she needs so badly!
Since giving birth, Gemma has been diagnosed with brain and lung cancer, which has spread to her original ovarian cancer.
With the Steve Jobs starlet taking the lead, she surprised the cancer patient with a phone call during a Monday morning appearance on This Morning. The A-lister explained:
“I lost my own mother last year in May to ovarian cancer and we as a family were given a very poor prognosis for my mum, after a four-year battle, a really unbelievable fight, we decided to look elsewhere and we also stumbled across those places in Germany. Simultaneously I came across a petition on change.org.uk, which was Gemma, or someone on behalf of Gemma, campaigning to have immunotherapy made available on the NHS and my heart sunk as at that point I thought. This poor young woman is probably years away from her being able to access that kind of treatment on the national health service.”
Kate revealed she got in contact with Gemma’s mother, Helen, to start fundraising for the six-session immunotherapy course, where just one session alone could cost up to $98K!
She continued how her Titanic flame came into play, saying:
“We got close to ├é┬ú200,000 [roughly $280,000] and I thought, ├óΓé¼╦£Right it’s time to call my friend Leo.’ I phoned Leo and I said, ‘Do you think we could do a charity dinner or something?’ And he said, ‘Let’s go one better. Come with me to St. Tropez, to my big fundraiser for the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation ├óΓé¼┬ª And we will auction off a dinner with Jack and Rose.'”
They ended up auctioning off three dinners, raising $1.35 million to split with Nuttall and Leonardo’s conservation foundation!
But Kate won’t stop there.
In a statement to Us Weekly, the 42-year-old opened up further, adding Gemma still needs donations!
“Gemma needs further urgent specialist cancer treatment in Germany. Without it, she will die. I have been in communication with Gemma and her lovely mum, Helen, for a while now. And we are all so thrilled that we were able to send Gemma off to the Hallwang for her first round of treatment. I will continue to assist with her costs, but we do still badly need your donations. Join me in supporting this 28-year-old mum! Let’s truly do our best to keep her alive for her 3-year-old daughter, Penelope, who loves and needs her Mummy so much. We might be able to save her life with these desperately needed funds for this essential treatment. So spread the word out there! Let’s all tell as many people as we know, and please keep the words of support coming and the incredibly generous donations coming. Everyone deserves the best chance at life, let’s all try to help Gemma and Penelope have theirs!”
It’s amazing to see celebs step up to help those in need!
If you can help, please check out Gemma’s GoFundMe page HERE.
[Image via Brian To/WENN.]