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Stage star Valisia LeKae fights back from cancer

Tuesday - 4/29/2014, 8:18pm  ET

FILE - In this May 1, 2013 file photo, Valisia LeKae attends the 2013 Tony Awards Meet the Nominess press reception in New York. On a day that Broadway was celebrating at the Tony Awards nominations, there was another, bigger reason to cheer: One of their own was cancer-free. LeKae, a budding Broadway star who earned a Tony nomination playing Diana Ross in the hit show "Motown the Musical," took to Twitter on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, to say that she has beaten ovarian cancer. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, file)

MARK KENNEDY
AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Broadway is celebrating the Tony Awards nominations, but it has another reason to cheer: One of its own is cancer-free.

Valisia LeKae, who earned a Tony nomination playing Diana Ross in the hit show "Motown the Musical," took to Twitter on Tuesday to say that she has beaten ovarian cancer. She had been diagnosed late last year and underwent several rounds of chemotherapy.

She confirmed the good news later Tuesday.

LeKae was stunned by the diagnosis after undergoing surgery to remove what was believed to be a benign ovarian cyst in November. Ovarian cancer is more common among white, post-menopausal women. LeKae, who is black, was diagnosed at age 34 and says she has no family history of the disease.


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