Vanessa Hudgens reveals her father has stage 4 cancer
Vanessa Hudgens is opening up about her father Greg's battle with cancer.
The 26-year-old actress accepted an award for Breakthrough Performer at the 2015 Industry Dance Awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday night -- an event that benefits The Circle of Hope, a charity for dancers who have survived cancer -- and revealed in her acceptance speech that her father has stage four cancer. She also shared that her boyfriend, actor Austin Butler, lost his mother to cancer last year.
"Last year, my boyfriend, Austin, lost his mom, Lori, to cancer, and my dad has just been recently diagnosed with stage four cancer," Vanessa said. "Let me tell you, I hate cancer. I hate cancer with every cell of my being."
She understandably choked up while dedicating her award to Austin's late mother, as well as her father.
"This award, it means a lot to me 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," she said.
Last month, Vanessa Instagrammed a picture of her and her dad, a former firefighter, and asked for prayers from her fans. However, she declined to reveal his diagnosis at the time. "My daddy and I ❤️❤️❤️ Please pray for his healing!!! The more prayers the better," she wrote.
Vanessa appears to be leaning on her longtime boyfriend Austin for support, who she's been dating since 2011. On Monday, the two celebrated his 24th birthday at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, and couldn't look more in love.
"HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY!!! 24's gonna be a good one," she wrote about the happy occasion.
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Taylor Swift tearfully addressed her own mother's cancer battle at her show in Glendale, Arizona on Monday, with a rare performance of her 2012 charity single, "Ronan." The song is inspired by Ronan Thompson, a 4-year-old boy who died of cancer in 2011, whom the "Bad Blood" singer heard about by reading his mother's blog. Watch below: