Twin sisters Cynthia and Brittany Daniel share a lot in common, aside from their genes.
The duo co-starred in the TV series “Sweet Valley High” from 1994 to 1997 as Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield, and now they are sharing an even more emotional experience.
Brittany learned she might not be able to conceive due to her fight with stage four non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, per PEOPLE. That’s when her sister Cynthia stepped in to donate her egg so that She and her husband Adam Touni could have their own child.
On October 24, 2021, their daughter, Hope Rose Touni. This week, the actresses discussed their heartwarming journey with PEOPLE.
“I saw it as such a simple gift I could give to her,” Cynthia said. “I know Brittany would do it in a split second for me. And we’ve always shared everything, so why not this?”
Brittany, 45, reflected, “We are so intertwined… Everything that’s hers is mine, and everything that’s mine is hers.”
Following her cancer diagnosis in 2011 and subsequent chemotherapy, Brittany recalled feeling that she had a “new lease on life,” saying, “I was ready to find a partner and have a child.”
Brittany got engaged to Adam Touni in 2016, writing at the time, “My world just became brighter today.” The couple tied the knot in 2017 at the Carondelet House in downtown Los Angeles.
Brittany later learned from a fertility specialist that it would be nearly “impossible” to get pregnant after her treatment, PEOPLE reported. After that, she asked Cynthia about egg donation, and her sibling “didn’t hesitate” after talking it over with her husband, Cole Hauser.