Many fans of “Dancing with the Stars” has already picked the couple they want to win, and the show has only just started. Valerie Harper, 74, with her dancing partner Tristan MacManus is the couple that fans are watching and cheering for this year.
Valerie was diagnosed in March with a rare form of cancer, terminal leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, also known as terminal brain cancer. She has a winning personality, a desire to live and the determination to experiences life at it fullest. She outlived the doctors three month life span, and now her cancer is close to remission. Valerie is America’s miracle story. In the 1970s, Valerie starred as Rhoda in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and then in 1974, she had her own spin-off show, “Rhoda.”
Host of "Dancing With the Stars," Tom Bergeron had this to say about Valerie, "She is certainly the one name that made me really sit up. She is a remarkable woman, incredibly engaging... So yeah, I think it's fair to say that she is going to be one of the key focal points -- if not the focal point -- of certainly the early shows."
Tom is quick to assure viewers that Valerie will not receive any special treatment from the judges. She will be judged and treated just like the other competing couples.
Valerie has a lot to celebrate and what better way than dancing her problems away. Happiness and a positive attitude has a lot to do with recovery.
Watch “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday at 7 p.m. central.