BBC Strictly star Amy Dowden fights tears as she surprises poorly teenager

Amy Dowden rings bell to celebrate the end of her chemo journey

Strictly Come Dancing’s Amy Dowden fought back tears in her latest TV appearance for The One Show as bonded over a young fan and her love for dancing.

The pro dancer made the tragic announcement in May that she had been forced to pull out of the 2023 series after she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Since then, Amy has kept herself relatively out of the spotlight to undergo chemotherapy, however, before her last round she featured on The One Show to meet a very inspirational young lady.

She met 16-year-old Brianna, who is due to perform live with fellow Strictly pro Nadiya Bychkova for Children In Need.

Brianna was shocked when Amy appeared out of the blue during her rehearsals in the studio.

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Embracing Brianna, Amy urged: “Don’t cry!”

“You’re an absolute inspiration to me,” she added. “‘I know what you’ve gone through.”

Amy continued whilst also fighting back tears: “Do you know what? I’m taking a lot from you because I’m going through my own health journey.”

Brianna suffers from a rare health condition, but through her love of dance, she has been able to battle her loneliness and improve her sense of self-belief.

Meanwhile, Amy has kept her followers updated with regular posts of her cancer battle, with her most recent social media post about her completing her final round of chemotherapy.

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She penned: “Still can’t believe I had my last chemo on Thursday. The relief is like no other. But I couldn’t have got through it without these guys.

“Honestly the Sheldon unit truly are real heroes. Selfless, hardworking, caring team who puts all their patients first and for me always kept me at ease when I would have my meltdowns, doubts and worries oh and of course listen to all my stories ( mainly dancing ).

“Will forever be grateful to you all. But also my family and friends. You know who you are.”

She concluded: “I loved my surprise of you all being there with t-shirts, balloons, flowers and cake when I rang that chemo bell!

“THANK YOU! My toughest journey yet but I did it. Honestly, so many to thank but it’s so appreciated. All your love and support throughout this stage has been utterly amazing and I’ll never be able to thank you enough.” (sic)

The One Show airs weekdays at 7pm on BBC One.

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