Topps reveal breast cancer journey

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The Topp Twins, Lynda (left) and Jools, where popular headline performers at Ashburton Mitre 10 Mega Christmas in the Park at Ashburton Domain in 2019.

The Topp Twins “feel so loved” following an outpouring of support after they revealed they are both battling breast cancer.

A Givealittle page has been set up by a long-term friend of well-known Kiwi entertainers Jools and Lynda Topp to help with non-publicly funded treatments such as acupuncture and vitamins, transport and general living costs so they can focus on their treatment without financial stress.

“Wow we both feel so loved. Thank you all for your messages,” the Topp Twins posted on their Facebook page while sharing the link to the Givealittle page at givealittle.co.nz/cause/topp-twins-cancer-support-fund

Friend Mary Massara set up the page and wrote it was an opportunity for friends and fans to show their support in a practical way. Near on $95,000 had been raised since the page was set up six days ago.

“This is a devastating double blow made more challenging on the back of two years of cancelled gigs due to Covid-19. Like all artists, the Topp Twins’ career disappeared overnight and this sudden loss of income is now coupled with a serious cancer diagnosis for both of them,” Massara said.

The 63-year-olds had planned to take a new national show on the road to celebrate 40 years of the Topp Twins this year, but due to their diagnoses, the shows are now on hold indefinitely.

Jools was first to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 at the age of 48 and after chemotherapy her left breast was removed.

However, last year she began to feel unwell again and shortly after, sister Lynda found out she also had breast cancer.

And while they are known for their performances as a duo, the twins shared that this battle is one they are being forced to do 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 said.

“I don’t know what’s harder – having cancer or not having Jools here,” she added.

~ NZ Herald