Valerie Harper Beating Brain Cancer and Dancing with the Stars
In March, when the announcement was made that Valerie Harper had a rare form of terminal brain cancer, she was told she had about 3 months to live. She met the news with the same feisty personality we fell in love with when she played the brash New Yorker, Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show.
She told People, “I don’t think of dying. I think of being here now.”
Fighting cancer was nothing new to the 74-year-old actress. She battled lung cancer in 2009 and won. Now it looks like her brain cancer is close to remission, and she’s doing just as she said…going on with life. And not just the regular, mundane routine. She is joining “Dancing with the Stars”!
According to TMZ, she’s already been practicing with her partner, Tristan.
“Dancing with the Stars” season 17 will start on Monday, Sept. 16 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a one night, two-hour format. Valerie will be competing against much younger contestants including Snooki, Leah Remini, Elizabeth Berkley, Amber Riley from “Glee,” Christina Milian, and Jack Osbourne.
I have a feeling a lot of people will be rooting for her. It’s a surreal scenario…like a movie where the heroine overcomes the odds and wins. Only time will tell if that will be the case for Valerie Harper, but I’ll be pulling for her.
This season, one couple will be eliminated at the end of each episode by combining the judges’ scores of that night with the public votes from the previous week. Whether Harper wins or not, I applaud her example. Life is worth living even if/when it’s short.
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