Shannen Doherty has come a long way since finishing chemotherapy in October 2016 – she has been battling breast cancer – The 45-year-old actress was on hand to perform hosting duties for the animal rescue charity’s first annual gala, held to thank its volunteers and donors.
The AHWF rescues, rehabilitates and re-homes abused animals. The cause is close to Doherty’s heart: “I don’t consider myself an inspiration. Marc (AHWF founder) is an inspiration to me, that’s an inspiration,” the Beverly Hills, 90210 alum told ET. “I think what he faces on a daily basis makes my cancer look mild, because that’s something that chemo doesn’t get rid of and radiation doesn’t get rid of — what he bears witness to. So, you know, if I inspire someone, great. But this man is my inspiration.”
“The animals Marc rescues touch my heart,” Iswarienko wrote, quoting his wife. “I see the ones he saves…. I see their spirit, I see their drive to live, and most importantly their ability to forgive and to once again love. I see all of this, and I gotta tell you, I am so humbled. They’ve encouraged me to face adversity with the same strength and grace they display in the face of destruction.”
“This was from her speech last night hosting a charity gala for @animalhopeandwellness in Hollywood,” he continued. “She was introducing animal advocate, crusader, dog saver Marc Ching. Lots of thankful compassionate tears were flowing in the room. And I for one was proud and in awe of my wife’s unsurpassable gift for words and human connection. #love #peace #dogs.”
After the gala, Doherty’s husband, Kurt Iswarienko, shared a photo of his wife preparing for the night:
Recalling the moment she told her husband about her cancer scare: “I called him, which was horrible of me. I was in the car. I was with my mom, and the doctor called me and I’m, you know, ‘I’m going to wait until I see him,’ and I just couldn’t. So I picked up the phone and I called him and he was like, ‘Where are you?’ [When I got home he] hugged me and said, ‘We are going to get through this. You are going to be okay. We are going to get through this, you’re strong and you’re powerful and you’re not going anywhere. You have so much to do in your life. We are going to get through it as a family.’ ” – Entertainment Tonight
Learn more about her update in the videos below: