‘Valerie’s Story – A Meredith Viera Special’ to Premiere Thursday, September 19 on NBC

via press release:

Valerie Harper and Meredith Vieira will be Live on “TODAY” Thursday, September 19

NEW YORK – September 16, 2013 – “Valerie’s Story – a Meredith Vieira Special” premieres this Thursday, September 16 at 10p ET, after the finale of “Million Second Quiz.”  Produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions and hosted by Meredith Vieira, the documentary explores Valerie Harper’s raw and emotional journey as she battles a rare incurable disease.

Harper, who is 74 years old and had previously battled lung cancer, announced on March 6, 2013 that she had been diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare, terminal cancer.  Given only 3-6 months to live, her diagnosis has turned a corner.  In an exclusive to “TODAY,” Harper’s latest MRI revealed that she had defied the odds and her neuro-oncologist Dr. Jeremy Rudnick said that she “was pretty close to remission.”

From the revelation that she had an incurable disease, to doctor’s visits and experimental treatments, “Valerie’s Story – a Meredith Vieira Special,” takes an intimate look inside Harper’s reality as she lives life to its fullest with her husband Tony Cacciotti and their daughter Christina.

On Thursday, September 19, Harper and Vieira will be live on “TODAY.”  “Valerie’s Story – a Meredith Vieira Special,” airs later that night at 10p.


Don Nash is the Executive Producer of “TODAY” (Mon. – Fri., 7am – 11am).

“Valerie’s Story – a Meredith Vieira Special,” is produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions.  Sharon Scott is President and GM of Peacock Productions; Aretha Marshall and Elizabeth Waller are Executive Producers.

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