The Dirty Dancing star was married to actress/dancer Lisa Niemi for 34 years before his death from pancreatic cancer in 2009.

After Swayze died, Niemi took an interest in charity work and was named the Chief National Spokesperson for American organisation the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.

She will head to New Haven to present Cancer College 2015, a free conference for patients, their relatives and those wanting to learn more about developments in cancer prevention.