Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, met a 9-year-old cancer patient last month and wrote him a touching letter of support!
The Royal Marsden hospital opened up a new children’s wing, and Prince William and Kate Middleton went to visit. There Kate met Fabian Bate, who has leukemia and spends almost all of his time at the hospital.
During their meeting, Kate promised Fabian she would write some words for him on his personal blog — used to keep family and friends updated with his progress — according to The Daily Mail. The family was surprised, however, to receive instead a hand-signed letter at Fabian’s home address. Believed to be her first personal act of charity since her royal marriage, Kate wrote how touched she was by Fabian’s “strength of character.”
“This must be a troubling time for you, your parents and your sisters, but I know I left The Royal Marsden assured by how incredibly talented, kind and clever the team at the hospital are,” she wrote. “Combined with your belief and positive energy, you couldn’t be in better hands.”
She also expressed her joy that one of his two older sisters were found to be a bone marrow match. “I will keep my fingers crossed that your health goes from strength to strength over the months ahead,” she wrote.
Kate encouraged Fabian to keep up the “good work” with his blog and added that him and his family were in her thoughts and prayers.
Fabian’s father, Darrell Bate, said he was moved by the gesture. “It was a very personal letter,” he said. “We were very touched as she must do a lot of this stuff and to remember Fabian is very moving.”
The family hopes Fabian will be in line for a transplant this December.
— Anna Moeslein
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