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Massimiliano   Ott 16, 2014  

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A pair of brave Birmingham twins who battled cancer will get to sing with former X Factorjudge Nicole Scherzinger to millions of viewers as part of a TV fundraiser.

Ethan and Kai Thompson, aged 10, of Stechford,will be performing in the Stand Up To Cancer children’s choir in a live show on Friday with the ex-Pussycat Doll star.

Ethan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in September 2005 and almost a year to the day afterwards his devastated family were told that Kai also had the disease.

Their battle was featured in the Birmingham Mail, but now the twins are fighting fit and will join 18 other youngsters in the choir who have all had the disease.

Kai said: “It was great fun rehearsing as part of the choir and I’m really looking forward to meeting Nicole Scherzinger and appearing on TV.”

Mum Rachel, a family support worker at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, recalled the family’s heartbreak, She said: “No parent will ever want to hear the words, ‘your child has got cancer’, let alone twice, when it happens to both your children.

“When Ethan was diagnosed we didn’t leave hospital for the best part of a year and we nearly lost him twice. Then our world came crashing down a second time when we discovered Kai had it too.

 

“There are times when I ask ‘why me?’ but I feel very lucky the boys have come through it and are still here.

“I feel incredibly proud that the boys are part of the amazing Stand Up To Cancer Children’s Choir and will be performing alongside a world famous pop star. I’m sure I will feel very emotional watching on the night.

“I hope the choir’s performance inspires millions of viewers to donate money which will fund crucial research and help more families, like mine, stay together.”

Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign designed to accelerate cancer treatments to UK patients and save lives. It culminates in an epic live TV event on Friday, on Channel 4, hosted by Davina McCall, Alan Carr and Dr Christian Jessen.

* You can find out more about Cancer Research UK’s Stand Up To Cancer event by vistingwww.standuptocancer.org.uk

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