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DENVER - On Monday's episode of "Ellen," the TV host surprised Stephanie Madsen of Littleton with a $10,000 check from Covergirl to pay her medical bills.

Madsen is a three-time cancer survivor, who submitted a picture of herself as part of the "CoverGirl Bombshell Selfie Contest." It shows her when she was 27-years-old and just after she lost her hair during chemotherapy.

Madsen says she received a lot of unwanted attention when she was bald, but after a while she changed her perspective.

Ellen surprises Littleton cancer survivor. 9NEWS at 4 p.m. 4/14/14.

"As I have gone through these past few years, I have thought, I am wearing bald as a badge of honor. I should share that with people because being bald and being public about it means that I am sharing that I am still here and I am still alive,' she told Ellen.

Madsen is now cancer-free and feeling great. She says she and her husband live everyday as if it were a celebration.

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