Friday Frontline: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Contestant Leaves the Show, Kathy Griffin Offers an Update and More

From a 6-year-old cancer survivor visiting all 50 states to give wagons to pediatric patients to Kathy Griffin taking an honest look at cancer and opioid addiction, here’s what’s happening in the cancer space this week.

Six-year-old survivor and his family will visit all 50 states to deliver wagons to children with cancer.

Baxley Hoover was diagnosed with stage 4 rhabdomyosarcoma two years ago. Now cancer-free, he and his family are on a mission to brighten the days of other children with cancer by providing a wagon to a pediatric patient in all 50 states. Baxley used a wagon in lieu of a wheelchair when he was receiving treatment to feel more comfortable and at-ease. Now, he is traveling cross-country with his parents in their RV (and flying to Alaska and Hawaii) hoping he can do the same for others.

“For him to ride in the wagon with all of his things, it gave him his space that had been taken from him so we just thought that this would be a good idea,” Baxley’s father, Kevin Hoover said in an interview with News Channel 8. “As we started talking to other parents, they were commenting on how wonderful that is, and it is just a little beach wagon that is common on the market. We found a different use for it.”

‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant exits the show because of cancer complications.

Jane Marczewski, who goes by the name “Nightbirde,” announced via Instagram that she will be leaving the show. She wrote, ‘Since my audition, my health has taken a turn for the worse and the fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention. I am so sad to announce that I won't be able to continue forward on this season of AGT. Life doesn't always give breaks to those that deserve it -- but we knew that already. Thank you for all your support, it means the world to me. Stay with me, I'll be better soon. I'm planning my future, not my legacy. Pretty beat up, but I've still got dreams.”

The 30-year-old from Ohio originally auditioned for the show in June, and received the golden buzzer from judge Simon Cowell, immediately advancing her to the next round. Now, those involved in the show are supporting her via social media, as judge Heidi Klum wrote, “We will miss your energy, your passion, and your beautiful voice at the live shows. The entire #AGT family loves you and we’re all rooting for you.”

Children of actor Val Kilmer give update on his cancer and new documentary.

While actor Val Kilmer continues to recover from his bout with throat cancer and a tracheotomy, his new documentary, “Val,” premieres today on Amazon Prime.

Kilmer’s son, Mercedes, will be narrating the film, while his elder son, Jack, now speaks for his father, as the tracheotomy interfered with Kilmer’s ability to talk.

"It's very emotional for him to watch it and we wish he could be here but, you know, he's here in spirit and he's just so proud of this and that people get to see a side of him that has never been seen before," Jack Kilmer said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

Kathy Griffin says cancer surgery was ‘a little more than I had anticipated’ and offers honest look at opioid addiction.

Comedian and actress Kathy Griffin announced this week that she was diagnosed with lung cancer, and then on Wednesday that she will have her first night since surgery without narcotic pain killers. Griffin mentioned that in June 2020 she tried to take her life and overdosed on prescription pills.

“With over a year clean and drug free, I now know I can do this and anything I want without those devil pills. Y’know what? I fear drugs and addiction more than I fear cancer. So, I think I’ll be OK,” she tweeted.

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