Georgia Harrison Reflects on the ‘Traumatising’ Loss of Childhood Best Friend to Leukaemia and Advocates for Leukaemia UK’s Christmas Appeal

Former Love Island star Georgia Harrison, 29, has opened up about the profound impact of losing her childhood best friend, Cenk Fahri, to leukaemia.

In a heartfelt reflection, she shares the devastating journey of Cenk’s battle with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, emphasizing the trauma she experienced following his tragic death.

Cenk’s Leukaemia Diagnosis and Treatment:

Cenk Fahri’s struggle with leukaemia began at the age of 17 when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Despite enduring various treatments and receiving a bone marrow transplant from his brother Cengiz in 2015, Cenk faced a relapse seven years later, leading to his untimely death at the age of 26 in December 2021.

Georgia’s Emotional Response and Trauma:

Georgia Harrison shares the emotional toll of Cenk’s passing, describing it as the ‘worst Christmas’ of her life.

Expressing her shock and trauma, she recounts the difficulty in accepting the reality of Cenk’s departure, even after a prolonged period of illness and treatment.

Positive Spirit and Impact of Treatment:

Despite the challenges, Georgia highlights Cenk’s enduring positivity throughout his treatment.

She emphasizes the success of the bone marrow transplant in 2015, which granted Cenk an additional six years of life, during which he enjoyed good health, traveled, and embraced life to the fullest.

Cenk’s Vibrant Personality and Legacy:

Georgia fondly remembers Cenk’s vibrant personality—cheeky, fun-loving, and with a heartwarming charisma that endeared him to everyone around him.

She reflects on the profound impact he had on those who knew him, leaving behind a legacy of warmth and kindness.

Advocacy for Leukaemia UK’s Christmas Appeal:

In support of Leukaemia UK’s Christmas Appeal, Georgia emphasizes the importance of ongoing research and the need for continued funding.

She calls for increased efforts to discover more treatments, expressing a desire for a cure that would spare families the pain of losing a loved one to leukaemia.

Closing Appeal and Gratitude:

Fiona Hazell, Chief Executive of Leukaemia UK, acknowledges the challenges faced by families impacted by leukaemia during the holiday season.

She urges public support for the Christmas Appeal, emphasizing the potential of research to transform lives affected by the disease.

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