Los Angeles, Aug 21 (IANS) Actress Vanessa Hudgens has revealed that her father is battling stage four cancer.
The 26-year-old actress announced the news when she accepted the Breakthrough Performer honour at the 2015 Industry Dance Awards here on Wednesday night, reports aceshowbiz.com.
“Last year, my boyfriend, Austin (Butler) 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,” Hudgens said onstage.
The “High School Musical” actress also dedicated the award to her beau’s mother and her father and to the families “who are struggling” with cancer.
“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.
The award event benefits The Circle of Hope, a charity for dancers who have survived cancer.
Last month, Hudgens asked her fans to pray for her father while sharing an image of her and her father on photo-sharing website Instagram.
“My daddy and I Please pray for his healing!!! The more prayers the better,” she had captioned the photograph.