EXCLUSIVE: Shannen Doherty Gives Health Update, Admits She Doesn't See Herself as an Inspiration
By Lynda Brendish
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Shannen Doherty has come a long way in a short amount of time since finishing chemotherapy in October 2016 -- a moment she flashed back to on Instagram last week -- and at the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation's Gratitude Gala on Saturday, the actress told ET that she's doing well!
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 neglected and abused animals and it’s a cause close to Doherty's heart. "I don't consider myself an inspiration. Marc [Ching – the 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."
After the gala, Doherty's husband of six years, Kurt Iswarienko, shared a photo of his wife preparing for the night along with a snippet of her powerful speech.
"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."
The cancer-slaying actress also recently nailed an impressive dance routine, which she shared on Instagram on Friday. Check it out in this video.