Although Vanessa Hudgens has been asking her fans to pray for her father, she never revealed the reason why — until now. While giving an acceptance speech for Breakthrough Performer during the 2015 Industry Dance Awards & Cancer Benefit Show, she opened up about her dad's stage four cancer, and how her boyfriend Austin Butler's mom passed away from the disease 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. Let me tell you, I hate cancer. I hate cancer with every cell of my being," she said.
"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."
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She dedicated the award to Austin's mom and her dad, as well as all the families who are struggling with the disease.
"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."
Our hearts go out to Vanessa and her family. This is a lot to deal with, and we're glad that she has a good support system behind her, but it's still a rough situation.
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