Not long ago, Kate Middleton and Prince William visited the children's cancer unit at the Royal Marsden Hospital. While they spent just a few hours there, one young boy touched the Duchess of Cambridge's heart such that the two have remained in touch. Nine-year-old Fabian Bate talked with the Duchess when she visited, and he recently received a letter from her as well.
Fabian Bate has leukemia, and he has been going through daily rounds of chemotherapy. When he met Middleton in October, he told her all about his blog, and Middleton promised to stop by and sign his blog guestbook. Now the Sutton Guardian is sharing how the Duchess of Cambridge went above and beyond to touch the heart of this young boy and his family.
Kate Middleton sent a personal letter to young Fabian Bate, and the site says that it is believed to be Middleton's first personal letter since she wed Prince William last April. In the letter, she said, "Despite the enormously demanding course of treatment you are undergoing, I was so touched by your strength of character." She added that she is "delighted to hear the news that one of your big sisters will be able to donate bone marrow to you later this year."
Having a child battle leukemia is, of course, never an easy path to walk. Fabian Bate isn't the only family member touched by Kate Middleton's personal letter. His mom, Lydia Bate, holds the memories of the meeting and letter close to her heart as well. Lydia had put out a plea for prayers, believing that the more prayers they receive, the better. In the letter, the Duchess of Cambridge shared that she is keeping the family in her thoughts and prayers, which means a great deal to Lydia.
Of the meeting, Lydia says, "She was so friendly and lovely; she asked a lot of detail and said how sorry she was." Both Prince William and Kate Middleton made an impact on the young cancer patients they visited that day in October. Bate says, "It just meant a lot to everyone and reinforced for me that they really do a lot for people, the fact that two people can come in and light a room up."
Prince William and Prince Harry have been vigilant about carrying on their mother, Princess Diana's commitment to charity. Despite the fact it has been over a decade since her passing, both young men do a great deal of charity work because they knew it was important to her. Clearly Kate Middleton is glad to make it a significant part of her life as well.