Olivia Newton-John is doing great in the midst of her cancer journey.
She was in good spirits for the G’Day USA dinner, which is held annually ever year in Beverly Hills, California, and celebrates the variety of ways that Australia and the U.S. work together. G’Day USA 2020 Standing Together was focused on raising money for the Australian Bushfire Relief Fund and Australian Wildlife Fund.
“I’m winning over it well and that’s how I see it,” Newton-John told reporters about her breast cancer diagnosis. “I don’t think about it a lot, to be honest. Denial is a really good thing and I’m getting stronger and better all the time! I’m doing well!”
Actor Hugh Sheridan hosted G’Day USA, and one of the first things he did was call for a moment of silence for the firefighters who died fighting the wildfires. Guests of the event could directly donate to the charities featured or take part in the silent auction.
John Travolta, who was Newton-John’s costar in Grease, also attended the charity event.
“Olivia is a survivor and she’s smart and she’s got a lot of life in her,” he told reporters. “And I think she looks at it from the glass half full always, and that’s her beautiful, natural approach towards life, and I think we all need to do that.”
Newton-John, Travolta, and Newton-John’s niece, Tottie Goldsmith, took the stage together to speak about how much Australia means to them.
“I would like to thank Australians for the amazing life they’ve given me. If you think back to where I started with Saturday Night Fever, The Bee Gees, then Olivia in Grease. You’ve given me an incredible, beautiful life.” Travolta said. “The people of Australia have this incredible ability to take responsibility for each other … it really deeply moves me.”
Newton-John was diagnosed with breast cancer the first time in 1992 and overcame the disease. But it returned in 2013, and in 2017 the cancer spread to her spine.
Newton-John, a four-time Grammy winner, told reporters that she’s going to continue to stay positive and help others who have cancer. She is the founder of the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness and Research Centre in Australia, which began in 2012.
“Life is a gift and I’ve had an amazing life and I intend to keep going with it and I want to help other people with cancer,” she said.
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