Kym Marsh broke down in tears on the TV show Morning Live as she discussed her father's diagnosis with an advanced form of prostate cancer, saying she is "so proud" of him.
During Thursday's episode of the BBC morning show, it was revealed the cancer has spread to other parts of her father Dave's body after he put off going to the doctor during the coronavirus pandemic.
She said of her father: "Dad's so grateful that he’s been able to be put on a treatment. He’s not really been told where to go for emotional support.
"For him, I think it’s been a real struggle and for us to see dad cry and be as emotional as he is, it’s not like him to be like that and so for us to watch that, it’s really difficult for us as well and we are not sure how best we can support him."
"I'm absolutely in awe of him"@msm4rsh shares how proud she is of her dad Dave for raising awareness of prostate cancer #MorningLive pic.twitter.com/nxr0bV1Tj9— BBC Morning Live (@BBCMorningLive) June 17, 2021
The former Coronation Street star said she was "in awe" of her father and that he is "so brave" to speak publicly about his illness in the hope it might help others.
"He just wants to get the message out there in the hope that somebody out there might see it and it might just help someone," she said.
"So proud of you, dad."
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Marsh revealed last week that she is engaged to her partner Scott Ratcliff, and told Morning Live that her father is "determined" to walk her down the aisle.
"That's spurring him on," she shared.
After the clip aired on television, Marsh thanked her Twitter followers "for all of your very kind messages of support today about my brave and wonderful daddy".
She added: "He hopes by sharing his story he may just help save some lives."
Thank you so much for all of your very kind messages of support today about my brave and wonderful daddy @Davestheman113 and his fight with prostate cancer. He hopes by sharing his story he may just help save some lives. #getchecked— Kym Marsh (@msm4rsh) June 17, 2021
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