08:17 PM EDT 12/02/2013
Originally posted 11/28/2013 07:10AM
Valerie Harper was smiling and full of her trademark optimism when she returned to the ballroom the finale of Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday.
"It was great to be with [my dance partner] Tristan [McManus] again and all my buds, all these lovely friends I made," she told PEOPLE after the show.
The 74-year-old, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, has defied the dire predictions that she only had months to live, and says she's been feeling "pretty good" since leaving the show in October.
Originally posted 09/12/2013 05:30PM
Kennedy Hubbard, 16, has never looked much like the other kids at school.
Born with Lymphatic Malformation, a mass of fluid-filled cysts surround her mouth and jaw, Hubbard was about five years old before she knew she was different.
"Once she was in school, around other kids and reacting to the way they looked at her, she would look at me kind of puzzled," recalls her mother, Leanne, 44, of Moorestown, N.J.
But Kennedy didn't let those differences faze her.
Originally posted 07/09/2013 04:00PM
Randy Travis, who has been hospitalized since Sunday, did not get heart surgery. But he did get a serious medical procedure affecting his heart.
The country singer "underwent placement of an Impella peripheral left ventricular assist device for stabilization prior to transferring hospitals," his rep confirmed to PEOPLE in a statement Tuesday. "Travis remains in critical condition."
There was also a message for the singer's fans: "We are very thankful to the fans for their love and support during this time."
Originally posted 06/12/2013 01:30PM
A 10-year-old girl, whose efforts to qualify for an organ donation drew public debate over how organs are allocated, is getting a lung transplant.
Sarah Murnaghan, who suffers from severe cystic fibrosis, was receiving the transplant Wednesday at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, a family spokeswoman said.
Her health was deteriorating when a federal judge intervened last week, giving her a chance at the much larger list of organs from adult donors.
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