The Project's Lisa Wilkinson struggles to hold back tears: 'So sorry'

Lisa Wilkinson struggled to hold back tears on Sunday night's episode of The Project following a story of a young single mother, Karyn, suffering from breast cancer.

Karyn gave birth to her daughter Billi at seven months, after being told "you're very sick".

The Project's Lisa Wilkinson tears up
The Project's Lisa Wilkinson struggled to hold back tears after sharing the heartbreaking story of a single mother with terminal cancer. Photo: Ten

However, after giving birth, doctors found that her body was "lit up like a Christmas tree" with cancer.

Karyn's cancer spread very quickly due to the hormones that came with pregnancy. She is supported by a night nanny and donated breast milk thanks to an incredible community surrounding her.


"It was really heavy to take on that my life won't be much longer, especially after giving birth to the love of my life, my daughter," Karyn said tearfully, also revealing Billi's father walked out on her when she told him that she was pregnant.

Karyn holds daughter Billi
Karyn is a young single mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer after giving birth to her daughter Billi. Photo: Ten

"I was told that 'it's very unlikely for you to fall pregnant', but I knew in myself, this is my time, I'm going to have this baby," Karyn said.

Should the worst happen, Billi will be taken care of by Karyn's sister and her brother-in-law, with the mum now writing messages and recording videos for Billi to see when she's older.

Lisa was clearly moved after the story played and was unable to hold back her tears, with her voice breaking as she shared that there was a GoFundMe page set up for Karyn.

Karyn talks to the camera
Karyn shared that her cancer spread very quickly due to the hormones that came with pregnancy. Photo: Ten

"There is a GoFundMe set up to help Karyn and Billi, and all of the money raised will go towards getting Karyn a night nanny for one year to help cover Karyn's medical costs," the host began.

"I'm so sorry," she said to her co-hosts, before composing herself and continuing on, "And to set up Billi for the future. You can find the link on our website."

Lisa also shared that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and encouraged viewers to purchase The 2022 Australian Women's Health Diary.

Co-host Hamish MacDonald offered some encouragement, telling her, "You made it through, well done, Lisa."

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