Valerie Harper takes cancer battle to racetrack

Valerie Harper's many fans have been wondering about the heroic star and her battle against cancer.

The Emmy-winning actress is scheduled to attend an event Sunday in Del Mar, Calif. She will show her support for the Lung Cancer Foundation of America's "Day at the Races" event at Del Mar Race Track.

Make no mistake: Her support should bring attention to lung cancer. It is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women, the Centers for Disease Control says.

The CDC website says: "Each year, about 200,000 people in the United States are told they have lung cancer and more than 150,000 people die from this disease. Deaths from lung cancer represent about one out of every six deaths from cancer in the U.S."

Harper and her husband, Tony Cacciotti, will join other advocates in bringing attention to lung cancer and raising money for research. The event will run from 2 to 6 p.m.

The foundation noted that Harper is fighting lung cancer that has occurred in the lining of her brain. Harper also is sharing her battle against incurable brain cancer in an NBC News documentary hosted by Meredith Vieira.

Harper gained stardom as Rhoda Morgenstern on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in the 1970s and later graduated to her own sitcom, "Rhoda." Harper rejoined colleagues from "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" to film an episode of "Hot in Cleveland," which stars Betty White.






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