Scottish girl with leukemia asks Cobra Kai star to marry her in heartwarming video call with actor


A Scottish girl battling cancer says her ‘dreams came true’ when Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña agreed to ‘marry’ her in a sweet video call.

Rebecca Christine Hopkins, known as Bex, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in October 2020.

Since his shock diagnosis, Bex de Girvan has endured many rounds of intense chemotherapy and continues to receive oral chemotherapy daily.

One thing that helped the 10-year-old through her treatment was Cobra Kai on Netflix.

Bex started watching the show – a sequel to the original The Karate Kid films – while at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow.



Bex was excited to chat with Xolo from Cobra Kai

Maman Claire said she had become a huge fan, and it was slowly becoming her dream to meet the cast.

The youngster had plenty to smile about on Wednesday night after the Les Hoey Dreammaker Foundation, a charity that helps dreams come true for children with life-limiting illnesses, hosted a video chat with Xolo, 20, who plays Miguel Diaz in the hit series.

As well as asking mum Claire McKendry to nominate on her behalf, Girvan Primary pupil Bex also told her about ‘disgusting’ haggis and of course Irn-Bru.

After the big proposal, Xolo, who is set to play superhero Blue Beatle in a new DC film, asked what the legal age to get married in the UK was.

After Bex told him he was 16, the actor said, “I think we can do it. I’m going to do it.”

Xolo also said he would like to be Bex’s best friend, saying they could be a little “karate clan”.

Speaking of his upcoming trip to Scotland, Xolo asked, “What is the food like there? Is it haggis? I know a little about haggis.

To which Bex quickly replied, “I don’t like it.”



Bex spoke with the American actor on Zoom last night
The American actor called Bex last night

Actor Jacob Bertrand, who plays Eli “Hawk” Moskowitz on the show, also made a surprise appearance on the Bex’s call.

Speaking after her conversation, Bex told the Daily Record that she was so happy.

She added: “It was amazing and so much fun. He was really nice to me. I smiled throughout.

“It was a dream come true.”

Along with the video call, Bex and Xolo had also video messaged each other to introduce themselves.

Claire, 28, a mum-of-two, said talking with the actor definitely lifted her daughter’s spirits.



Bex with mom Claire before her diagnosis
Bex with mom Claire before her diagnosis

She said: “She’s so tall. She talks and smiles so much more than she has in so long. It’s amazing to see.”

Claire said Bex’s cancer diagnosis in 2020 came as a huge shock to the family.

During lockdown, she noticed the color draining from her daughter’s body and quickly called her GP.

She said as soon as the doctor laid eyes on Bex, he knew something was wrong and ordered a blood test.

After much testing and analysis, Claire learned that Bex had EVERYTHING.

Reliving the moment she found out, she said: “I felt like my world had fallen apart. Hearing what the doctors were saying was so overwhelming. I was heartbroken.”

Claire said Bex’s treatment was going as well as they could hope.

She added: “She has to continue treatment until 2023, but her latest analysis was clear, which is great news.”

Angela Cooke, Les Hoey Dreammaker Foundation Dreams Coordinator, said: “We are so grateful to Xolo and his team for working with our small charity to make this dream come true for Rebecca.

“Seeing Rebecca so happy and excited is why our team works so hard to bring smiles to these Brave kids.

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