Kate Winslet & Leonardo DiCaprio Team Up to Save a Woman's Life
Further proving they are too good and pure for this Earth and we don't deserve them, Jack and Rose Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet are working together right now to literally save the life of a woman with ovarian cancer. For some time, they've been raising funds to help the 28-year-old German mom, Gemma Nuttall, get an expensive immunotherapy treatment for her aggressive ovarian cancer.
What makes the story even better is that both stars have been keeping quiet about their work to help Nuttall until Winslet brought it up Monday during an appearance on This Morning.
"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," Winslet said, talking about the treatment centers Nuttall couldn't afford to go to.
She continued, "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.'"
Winslet then contacted Nuttall's mother, Helen, to see about helping them raise the money needed for a six-session treatment, which can cost nearly $100,000 per session.
"We got close to £200,000 [roughly $280,000] and I thought, ‘Right it’s time to call my friend Leo,'" Winslet recalled. "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 … And we will auction off a dinner with Jack and Rose.'"
The three dinners they auctioned off ended up raising $1.35 million, which was split between paying for Nuttall's treatments and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. But Winslet isn't stopping there. She gave a statement to Us Weekly explaining that she's still working to raise money for Nuttall's future treatments.
"Gemma needs further urgent specialist cancer treatment in Germany. Without it, she will die," Winslet wrote. "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!"
You can donate to Nuttall's treatment fund through her GoFundMe page.