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And Ms Nuttall finished her treatment five months ago and has now been given the all-clear. Without her donations, and the public's, my story would be very different.
It wasn't until the following day when I was taken to see her in my wheelchair.'She was in an incubator and I reached in and held her hand, for as long as I could.She said she had read about my story online, that she had three kids of her own and had thought about what she would be like in that position.' Charitable Kate won a prestigious Actors Inspiration Award from the Screen Actors' Guild in November, partly for her work with Ms Nuttall.Kate, 42, said: 'I was able to help raise an enormous amount of money and Gemma is cancer free today.'And receiving the award, she added: 'The greatest privilege has been learning how to use my voice to help others.But Ms Nuttall, from Rossendale, Lancashire, refused potentially life-saving drugs because they would have terminated the pregnancy.Her daughter Penelope was born healthy but NHS doctors later delivered the devastating news to Ms Nuttall that there was nothing more they could do.It was terrifying.'The brain op went well at Preston Royal Hospital but the tumour could not be fully removed because of its position. Swollen by steroids, with one eye closed for six months, Gemma began a job as a soft play centre manager.But months later she started having headaches and doctors found eight new tumours dotted around her head.She was told by doctors she needed treatment that would have terminated the pregnancy - but refused.She said: 'I went home and I told my partner 'I can't get rid of her'.'She saved my life, she was the reason my cancer had been discovered.A mother who was told she would die after delaying vital cancer treatment until she had given birth has been given the all-clear - after Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet saved her life.Gemma Nuttall was undergoing her first pre-natal scan when she was told she had an aggressive form of ovarian cancer.