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Kym Marsh shares heartbreaking reason for attending Strictly Come Dancing

Kym Marsh has expressed her gratitude for being asked to perform on Strictly Come Dancing this year after her father David was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The 46-year-old TV presenter is happy her parents can see her at the BBC Ballroom dance competition which starts next week after he was given permission to start treatment.

She told The Sun: “Since his diagnosis last March I’ve decided to pack everything while I can.

“Without being melancholy, we don’t know how long we’ve had him, so you have to make the best of these situations.

“My father’s diagnosis changes things. He’s been telling me for years, “You never know what’s around the corner, so grab things with both hands.”

“But you don’t think about that until an event happens. It makes you see things differently.’

Actress Kym revealed in June last year that her father Dave, 77, was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer last year after he delayed seeing a doctor during lockdown.

At that time he was using a mobility scooter and the disease had spread to his pelvis, spine, ribs and left leg.

Kym married Army Major Scott Ratcliff in October last year and he will also be able to watch her from an audience seat.

Meanwhile, Kym is also pleased to have been asked to appear on Strictly for the experience – 22 years after she rose to fame on reality show Popstars before winning a spot in the band Hear’Say.

She said the BBC had approached her to take part on a number of occasions over the past few years.

And while she admits it feels like her reality TV roots, she’s looking forward to the challenge of learning the routines.

The former Coronation Street cast revealed their father was diagnosed with cancer in June last year as she reflected on the difficult diagnosis to The Sun.

Kym praised her “close” family for helping each other through the horrific news, but admitted, “It’s been a very difficult time …

“The reality is that in dad’s case it has now spread to his pelvis, spine, ribs and left leg, which of course is bad news.

Dave, who admitted he’d “ignored” pain for some time, added that his desire to walk newly engaged Kym down the aisle gives him the strength to keep going.

He said, “I want to be fit and healthy enough to walk Kym down the aisle after she recently got engaged… making sure I’m there means the world to me.”

Kym also emphasized that it is important to catch cancer early so it is less likely to spread.

The actress and her father, who now uses a mobility scooter, encouraged others to get checked up, especially after lockdown when many didn’t want to see a doctor.

Kym and Dave told the publication that while they can never know for sure if things could have been different, they do know that “speed is of the essence” in cancer.

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