Cancer teens who met royals die within days of each other
Kate and William could only spent a few minutes with some cancer patients at the Royal Marsden hospital last September, but lasting impressions seemed to be left on both sides.
That visit resonated once again for the royals this week when they learned that two of the teens they met at the new children's cancer clinic had died.
Beth Ansell, 19 and Amanda Slann, 17, died days apart at the hospital, in the same clinic where they had met and chatted with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Prince William is president of the Royal Marsden, a torch he picked up from his mother, the late Princess Diana.
William and Kate came to the hospital to open the Oak Centre for Children and Young People, dedicated to cancer treatment and research.
“The couple are very saddened by this news and pass on their condolences to the families,” the royal couple's spokesman said.
Ansell had Ewings Sarcoma. Slann had leukemia.
June Slann, Amanda's mother, told the Daily Mirror of the impact the royal visit had on her daughter.
"Amanda was absolutely ecstatic at meeting the Duke and Duchess," she said. "Rubbing shoulders with royalty was the highlight of her life and it gave her a huge boost."
Beth Ansell had become an advocate for cancer research during her stay at the hospital as an ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Her family will now carry on her fundraising efforts.
"She fought her illness bravely right until the end," said her father David, who was at the hospital when the royals visited. "The most I will miss about her was the openness we shared and her dry sense of humour. I am very proud of her."