How Tom Hanks helped his wife battle cancer

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  • This will make you believe in love again

    Just when we thought we couldn’t love Tom Hanks, 60, and Rita Wilson, 60, as a celebrity couple any more, the pair speak out about how they coped with Rita’s battle with breast cancer.

    Having been married for over 28 years with two children, Chet Hanks, 26, and Truman Thoedore Hanks, 21, the Sleepless in Seattle co-stars, who originally met in the early 1980s while both appearing in sitcom Bosom Buddies. 

    But, considering that Tom was still married to his college girlfriend Samantha Lewes, who he also has two children with, the pair didn’t marry until 1988.

    Tom Hanks once told GQ, ‘Rita and I just looked at each other and — kaboing — that was that. I asked Rita if it was the real thing for her, and it just couldn’t be denied.’

    So when Rita Wilson was diagnosed with cancer back in 2015, needing to undergo a double mastectomy, we can only imagine how hard a time it was for the pair.

    But, Rita, who is now 100% cancer-free, spoke to the Sunday People at a World Cancer Research Fund fundraiser and revealed how they got through it.

    ‘When I was going through my diagnoses and surgery, the one thing I really­ wanted to tell people­ is that there are still times when you have love and you smile and you laugh,’ she said. ‘We watched movies­, we watched great documentaries­, we ate good food and we did our best to maintain­ our spirit and be thankful.’

    And, Tom added, ‘You just clear the decks and you circle the wagons­ and you hunker down. It’s not that hard to do. It’s like when there’s a big rainstorm outside, you bust out the hot cocoa and make sure everyone is comfortable.’

    We’re certainly adding that to our mental repertoire of romantic celebrity quotes because it shows that sometimes, love really can conquer all. Thanks Tom and Rita for restoring our faith.

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