Valerie Harper turns to crowdfunding
Campaign for '70s sitcom actress will fund the costs of cancer treatments.
Former ’70s sitcom actress Valerie Harper is drawing upon a crowdfunding campaign to fund the costs of cancer treatments.
Harper, 79, is best known for playing Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and starring in her own spinoff Rhoda. She also starred in the 1980s sitcom Valerie and Valerie’s Family.
In 2009 she was diagnosed with lung cancer while in 2013 doctors discovered a rare brain cancer.
Harper’s husband, Tony Cacciotti, started a GoFundMe campaign titled The Valerie Harper Cancer Support Fund on July 8.
“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,” the page says. “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.”
So far the campaign has raised $17,500.