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Watch: How Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio helped young mum beat cancer

Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet
Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet

A young mum has been detailing to This Morning how Hollywood stars Kate Winslet and Leonardo Di Caprio helped her beat cancer.

Gemma Nuttall, 29, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Ovarian cancer when she was pregnant with her first child.

After initially refusing treatment in order to continue her pregnancy, she then underwent chemotherapy and radiotherapy only for the cancer to return in her brain.

With doctors telling Gemma to make arrangements for her daughter's future, her mum Helen decided to look for alternative therapies and began fundraising for a life-saving treatment in Germany.

Gemma's battle soon caught the attention of Hollywood star Kate Winslet, who quickly sought the help of her Titanic co-star Leonardo Di Caprio and they began their own fundraising efforts in LA - including auctioning off dinners with them as their characters Jack and Rose.

Surprising  Gemma by with a phone call on This Morning, Kate told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: "I lost my own mother last year in May to ovarian cancer and at the time that we as a family were given a very poor prognosis for my mum after a four year battle… we decided to look elsewhere and we also stumbled across these places in Germany and simultaneously I also came across this petition that had been set up on, campaigning to have immunotherapy available on the NHS.

"My heart sank. I then found Gemma's go fund me page. I saw how much she needed to raise, at that point she only there was only £9k. I thought, ‘I can’t have this happen’."

She added: “My own mum was very, very unwell and I just thought my mum would be incredibly proud of us if I could do this for another young mum. It was just amazing. I started putting word out there. I became determined to raise this money. We got close to £200,000 and at that point I thought, ‘It’s time to call my friend Leo’.

Together they raised $1.3 million.

Kate continued: "Because we raised more than we needed for Gemma. I’m now able to set up another foundation, which Gemma is involved with, which will specifically help individuals who are in the same situation.

"So much good has come out of this remarkable situation. I feel so blessed I could help."

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