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“Nashville” star Charles Esten has always looked as if he was leading the most ideal life. From his big-time career to his amazing looking family to his endless array of talents, Charles always seems like he has everything under control.

Yet in a new interview, Charles opened up on the very real and very emotional cancer scare that occurred when his daughter, Addie, was just 2 years old.

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“You feel very powerless,” Charles told “The Tennessean” about the day he and his family were first told by doctors that Addie had been diagnosed with leukemia. “It was terrifying. (My wife and I) collapsed into each other for a minute and a half, and then we wiped our eyes and walked back into the room.”

Thankfully, Addie is now a 16-year-old young woman and an aspiring soccer player. However, Charles admits that day continues to haunt him. “People ask, ‘How do you get through that?’ And I say, ‘What’s the alternative?’” Esten said. “We were not without our share of bad days.”

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Long after the pain of the diagnosis was behind him and his family, Charles remains committed to raising both money and awareness for cures for blood cancers. In fact, Charles is now a national chairman for the annual Light the Night Walks, including an upcoming walk in Nashville.

“Being on a Nashville bridge walking with all those survivors and supporters and those close to people who lost their battles — it seems miles from that terrifying, lonely diagnosis.”

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