VALERIE HARPER MIRACLE

Published on: August 5, 2013
Photography by: WireImage
NationalEnquirer.com

MORE than six months ago, doctors told can­cer-stricken actress Valerie Harper that she could be dead in three months.

But the 73-year-old “Rhoda” star looked the picture of health on July 28 at Califor­nia’s Del Mar racetrack, where she attended a Lung Cancer Foun­dation of America fundraiser.

Valerie chatted and posed for photos with about 70 people, who’d donated up to $3,500 to meet her.

“She told everyone not to feel sorry for her and that they should be more concerned with the suffering of people living in Africa,” said an attendee. “She also thanked the organiza­tion for its hard work and said she was happy to help the cause.”

Remarkably, Valerie still seems to have plenty of life left in her, and she credits friends, family and fans for helping her fight the dread disease.

“When doctors called her disease terminal, Valerie laughed and said, ‘We are ALL terminal!’” recalled a former co-star of the beloved actress.

“Since then, she’s continued to do her best to eat healthy, meditate, pray and do yoga.”

While she has both good and bad days, Valerie also benefits from the unconditional love and support of her husband of 30 years, Tony Cacciotti, and their adopted daughter Cris­tina, said the source.

The talented actress – who won four Emmys while co-starring on the ’70s sitcom “Mary Tyler Moore” and headlin­ing her “Rhoda” spinoff from 1974 to 1978 – was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009.

She vowed to beat it. But this past Janu­ary, doctors told her the cancer had spread to the lining of her brain.

Despite that, Valerie recently reunited with Moore, 76, and their pal Betty White, 91, for an episode of the TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland,” which will air Sept. 4.

“Valerie is one amazing woman,” said the source.

“She’s always had such a positive attitude, and if anyone can beat this deadly disease, it’s her.”

MORE than six months ago, doctors told can­cer-stricken actress Valerie Harper that she could be dead in three months.

But the 73-year-old “Rhoda” star looked the picture of health on July 28 at Califor­nia’s Del Mar racetrack, where she attended a Lung Cancer Foun­dation of America fundraiser.

Valerie chatted and posed for photos with about 70 people, who’d donated up to $3,500 to meet her.

“She told everyone not to feel sorry for her and that they should be more concerned with the suffering of people living in Africa,” said an attendee. “She also thanked the organiza­tion for its hard work and said she was happy to help the cause.”

Remarkably, Valerie still seems to have plenty of life left in her, and she credits friends, family and fans for helping her fight the dread disease.

“When doctors called her disease terminal, Valerie laughed and said, ‘We are ALL terminal!’” recalled a former co-star of the beloved actress.

“Since then, she’s continued to do her best to eat healthy, meditate, pray and do yoga.”

While she has both good and bad days, Valerie also benefits from the unconditional love and support of her husband of 30 years, Tony Cacciotti, and their adopted daughter Cris­tina, said the source.

The talented actress – who won four Emmys while co-starring on the ’70s sitcom “Mary Tyler Moore” and headlin­ing her “Rhoda” spinoff from 1974 to 1978 – was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2009.

She vowed to beat it. But this past Janu­ary, doctors told her the cancer had spread to the lining of her brain.

Despite that, Valerie recently reunited with Moore, 76, and their pal Betty White, 91, for an episode of the TV Land sitcom “Hot in Cleveland,” which will air Sept. 4.

“Valerie is one amazing woman,” said the source.

“She’s always had such a positive attitude, and if anyone can beat this deadly disease, it’s her.”