While celebrating Robin Roberts’ special day, Jimmie Allen took to the Good Morning America stage to perform the Happy Birthday song. The morning talk show took to Instagram to share a video of the performance with the caption, “Happy birthday to our very own Robin Roberts! We love you! Thank you, Jimmie Allen, for the birthday serenade.”
Along with Jimmie Allen, Robin Roberts’ Good Morning America co-host Michael Strahan also shared a touching birthday tribute. “Happy birthday to my friend and partner Robin Roberts. The smiles, laughs, and love sitting next to you everyday are enough to wake up for! Have the best birthday ever! Love.”
Gio Benitez also wished Roberts the “happiest of birthdays” as well. ABC News correspondent, Erielle Reshef also wished the Good Morning America co-host a great day. Meanwhile, Ginger Zee declared she’s sorry that she’s not in the studio to give a hug.
Robin Roberts Recently Spoke About Her Myelodysplastic Syndrome Diagnosis
In September 2021, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts opened up about her battle with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. “My doctor told me I had a year or two to live if I didn’t have a successful [bone marrow] transplant,” Roberts told Rachael Ray. Her sister, Sally-Ann, stepped in to be her donor.
“My other siblings were not a match” the Good Morning America host continued. “My doctors had already told me there was not anybody on the list that matched me, it came down my sister Sally-Ann.”
After the tests show that Sally-Ann was a match, the Good Morning America star made a tearful phone call to ask her sister for help. But she was nervous about what answer she would receive. “Sometimes, people will put themselves on the list and say they want to be a donor. And then it gets to that point and they have second thoughts.”
Luckily for Roberts, her sister declared that she will happily be the donor. She also stated that she was born to be the Good Morning America host’s donor.
Roberts took a leave of absence from Good Morning America to have the transplant done in October of 2012. She eventually returned to the morning show in February 2013. Along with Myelodysplastic Syndrome, Roberts was diagnosed with an early form of breast cancer in 2007. She had surgery and underwent eight chemotherapy treatments.
While writing about her breast cancer diagnosis, Roberts shared, “At first I thought, ‘This can’t be. I am a young, healthy woman.’ Nevertheless, I faced my fear head on and made an appointment to see the doctor. Much as I was hoping the doctor would say it was nothing, she did a biopsy and confirmed that the lump I’d found was indeed an early form of breast cancer.”