Our very own entertainment legends Jools and Lynda Topp recently revealed that they are both battling breast cancer in an exclusive interview with TVNZ's Sunday.
The Topp Twins usually perform as a duo but in this battle with cancer, they have do it apart in order to protect each other.
"So, all of a sudden, boom. In COVID, I can't be with Jools. I came out of the office at St George's Hospital and I sat in the car.
"I just burst into tears" Lynda shared with TVNZ's Sunday.
"I don't know what's harder - having cancer or not having Jools here," she continued.
The Topp Twins shared that they feel really loved and thanked everyone for their messages in a recent post on their Facebook page.
The post said:
"Wow we both feel so loved. Thank you all for your messages. Our friends have started a Givealittle Page
For those of you who would like to help out."
A long-time friend of both Jools and Lynda Topp, Mary Massara set up a Givealittle page to help them in their treatments, vitamins as well as general living costs.
"These two amazing women have been at the forefront of many worthwhile causes and given generously of their time and money to a range of charities. They now need our help. Please support us supporting them" Mary wrote on the Givealittle page.
Almost $80,000 has been raised since the page was created five days ago.
Jools was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 at the age of 48 and after undergoing chemo treatment and undergoing surgery to remove her left breast, it enabled her to recover. However, Jools told TVNZ that she started feeling unwell last year shortly after her sister Lynda found out she also had breast cancer.
"She is now undergoing radiation therapy" a long time friend Mary Massara wrote on the Givealittle page about Jools.
Lynda was diagnosed with Grade 3 invasive breast cancer and has undergone surgery for double mastectomy.
"She is currently undergoing six months of intensive chemotherapy," Mary wrote on the page.
"2022 was to be a celebration of 40 years of the Topp Twins. They were looking forward to taking a new national show on the road and many special events were planned but now sadly are indefinitely on hold"
The twins are popular for their television show 'The Topp Twins' where they played the characters Camp Mother, Camp Leader, Ken and Ken.
If you'd like to help support Lynda and Jools: here's the give a little page opened by their friend, Mary Massara.