Send your positive vibes to Vanessa Hudgens and her family.
The 26-year-old actress revealed this week that her father, Greg Hudgens, is battling cancer. Hudgens made the announcement during a speech at The Circle of Hope benefit in Hollywood on Wednesday. Boyfriend Austin Butler was also in attendance.
Here’s an excerpt of her speech:
“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.
If you would have asked me two years ago what I thought of cancer, I would’ve said, ‘Man, you know, it sucks. It’s a horrible disease… but that’s only because I had not been faced with it personally.”
Hudgens, who asked fans to “pray for his healing” in an Instagram post of her dad just a few weeks ago, gave the speech after winning an Industry Dance Award for Breakthrough Performer. The ceremony supports The Circle of Hope, which helps dancers who are also cancer survivors.
Following the show, the former Hgih School Musical star also took to Tumblr to write about the award: