Johnny Ruffo celebrated a “hero” as he shared a new post

Former Home and Away star Johnny Ruffo has exploded in love after posting a video montage looking back on the last 12 months of his life.

“Happy New Year everyone I hope you all have a wonderful 2023!” the video was captioned.

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For those who have been following Ruffo’s cancer journey for a while, some of the images would be familiar.

But others have offered a fresh look at the singer and actor’s life, showing the good moments, the tougher moments, and everything in between.

A frequent feature of the montage is his girlfriend and “Rock” Tahnee Sims, who was by his side as he underwent repeated treatments for brain cancer.

Johnny Rufo. Credit: Instagram/Johnny Ruffo

Also featured in the video are his friends and family, as well as some of the year’s special moments, including the release of his memoir No Finish Line and his appearance on Dancing With The Stars.

In between there are fun dinner dates, fireworks, interstate flights, a Billy Joel concert, book signings and a visit to Rottnest Island in Western Australia.

But there are also images of Ruffo receiving radiation treatment or lying on a hospital bed after chemotherapy, looking tired but able to give a smile or a thumbs-up at the camera.

Johnny Ruffo and Tahnee Sims. Credit: Instagram/Johnny Ruffo

It was also the year the former X Factor contestant revealed his cancer diagnosis was terminal – and the year he vowed to move on and keep the fight going.

“You are an inspiration mate. Have a brilliant 23’s,” Cameron Daddo wrote, adding, “Carn the Bombers,” a nod to Ruffo’s favorite AFL team.

“You keep breaking it, bro. A really real blue inspiration,” adds fitness guru Cam Byrne.

Ruffo receives radiation treatment. Credit: Instagram/Johnny Ruffo

“Hero,” added actress Colette Mann.

“Wishing you and Tahnee a wonderful 2023 full of good friends, lots of fun, prosperity, love and laughter,” one fan wrote.

“My husband was just diagnosed with cancer. You showed us how strong you are and with a real will to live Johnny you are an inspiration to many,” shared another follower.

Johnny Ruffo made a cameo appearance on Dancing With The Stars in 2022. Credit: Instagram/Johnny Ruffo

Many others agreed.

“Happy New Year! You are an inspiration with your fighting spirit,” said one fan, while another wrote, “Love your attitude mate.”

Ruffo and Sims spent Christmas in Perth with Ruffo’s family, where he reunited with brother Michael for the first time in several years.

The couple also took a trip to Rottnest Island and described their time at the WA tourist destination as “beautiful”.

On December 7, Ruffo announced to his fans that he had completed his chemotherapy for 2022.

“Another year of chemotherapy behind us. It wasn’t easy, but I made it,” he wrote.

Johnny Ruffo’s book No Finish Line. Credit: Instagram/Johnny Ruffo

After the publication of his memoir, Ruffo was asked why he titled it No Finish Line.

He said the book’s title means it’s “not the end.”

“I understand that the cancer is incurable,” he said.

“But you know, I’m going to do whatever I can, and I’m currently doing whatever I can to kick it’s ass.”

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