July 23, 2019Message from Tony Cacciotti
I have been told by doctors to put Val in Hospice care and I can’t [because of our 40 years of shared commitment to each other] and I won’t because of the amazing good deeds she has graced us with while she’s been here on earth.
We will continue going forward as long as the powers above allow us, I will do my very best in making Val as comfortable as possible.
There are two special ANGELS on this planet masquerading as humans who live and work together, that have made it possible to have all of Val’s needs taken care of.
For those of you who have been in this position, you will totally understand that “it’s hard letting go.” So as long as I’m able and capable, I’ll be where I belong right beside her.
Many, many thanks for your outpouring of kindness and support.
We are so grateful for your love and support. I will continue to provide updates on Valerie's Facebook page from time to time as we know that you will be thinking about her.
Valerie Harper came into our hearts in 1970 as Mary Richard's witty, edgy and loving neighbor, Rhoda, on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" followed by her own show. Her career before and after "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" included dance, theatre, television sitcoms and movies. Winning four Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and nominated for a Tony Award for her role as Tallulah Bankhead in "Looped."
In 2009, she was diagnosed with lung cancer and in March 2013, revealed she was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis — a condition that occurs when cancer cells spread into the fluid-filled membrane surrounding the brain, known as the meninges. Valerie has defied all odds and continued working and enjoying each day years beyond what doctors had expected. Her husband, Tony Cacciotti, has been by her side giving her support and hope every step of the way.
Valerie has been grateful over the years for the medical breakthroughs along this difficult journey but insurance doesn't cover everything. There are unrelenting medical costs on a continuous basis. Valerie is currently taking a multitude of medications and chemotherapy drugs as well as going through extreme physical and painful challenges now with around the clock, 24/7 care immediately needed which is not covered by insurance. This is just part of the daily cost that is without a doubt a financial burden that could never be met alone. This GoFundMe initiative from Tony, is to ensure she receives the best care possible.
Your care and support is greatly appreciated.
Valerie is loved by many friends and fans around the globe and although calls and emails can't always be returned, she will receive and read the messages you post below.
I am a friend of the family as I met both Valerie and Tony 20 years ago. I have a background in business theatre and have worked in marketing, community theatre and the Tony Awards in addition to relationships within the entertainment industry with a cancer awareness project I founded in 2010. I worked with Val and Tony on marketing, grant research and various behind the scene work with their show "All Under Heaven" and over the years have assisted on various private events and gatherings as well as general and personal support. The funds raised will initially be transferred to my bank account once a week and electronically wired to Valerie Harper and Tony Cacciotti's bank account with a documented report of amount of funds raised, GoFundMe fees and transfer fee (if applicable). Thank you so much for your love, support and understanding -- Deanna