coronation street Star Jack James Ryan has referenced his own battle with cancer while supporting Victoria Ekanoye, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last year.
Recognized by fans as his Weatherfield counterpart Jacob Hay, he and Ekanoye (who played Angie Appleton on the soap opera) engaged in a Twitter conversation this week where he shared the news.
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In response to a Twitter fan praising Ryan’s return to the soap opera, Ekanoye shared a “Hear hear” of support.
“I think you’re classy,” Ryan wrote to her in response. “I was so inspired by your openness about your cancer journey and sending you all the love and positive vibes. I had my own experience with this a few years ago. You have this. A big love!”
Ekanoye went on to reply, “Thank you JJ [heart emoji] Not gonna lie, it’s a hell of a job, but my family and friends, all the messages of support…I feel like I have my own little army.
“I had no idea you fought the big C…what a warrior. And now you’re crushing it on our beloved @itvcorrie. Lots of love and respect.”
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In 2020, Ryan opened up about his experience with cancer on the minds of industry podcast saying he was determined to cross over to the other side.
“My brother and my mother started crying and I was just a little bit in the middle. It was weird, really weird, like time had stopped,” he recalled.
“And then I always had this feeling that ‘it’s not going to kill me’, I don’t know why I was so confident!”
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Victoria is a patron of Prevent Breast Cancer and Sickle Cell Care Manchester. You can also find more information about breast cancer and sickle cell disease on the NHS website.
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