Weeks after requesting prayers for her ill father, Greg, Vanessa Hudgens has revealed that he’s battling stage four cancer.
The 26-year-old made the candid admission while accepting the award for Breakthrough Performer at the 2015 Industry Dance Awards on Wednesday.
My daddy and I ❤️❤️❤️ Please pray for his healing!!! The more prayers the better. 🙏🙏🙏🙏 A photo posted by Vanessa Hudgens (@vanessahudgens) on Jul 27, 2015 at 10:06am PDT
My daddy and I ❤️❤️❤️ Please pray for his healing!!! The more prayers the better. 🙏🙏🙏🙏
A photo posted by Vanessa Hudgens (@vanessahudgens) on Jul 27, 2015 at 10:06am PDT
“Last year, my boyfriend, Austin [Butler], lost his mom, Lori, to cancer, and my dad has just recently been diagnosed with stage four cancer,” she said at the event, which benefitted The Circle of Hope — a charity that supports dancers who survived cancer.
“Let me tell you, I hate cancer. I hate cancer with every cell of my being.”
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She continued, “If you would have asked me two years ago what I thought of cancer, I would have said, ‘Man, you know it sucks. It’s a horrible disease,’ but that’s only because I had not been faced with it personally.”
Now, she has a different understanding.
Vanessa and her father in 2007. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
“This award, it means a lot to me,” she gushed.
“But I dedicate it to my boyfriend’s mom, Lori, my dad and to all the families out there who are struggling with this because it really takes a strong person and a strong family to be able to help those out who are going through this.”