On Wednesday, Vanessa Hudgens made an emotional announcement while accepting her Breakthrough Performer award at the Industry Dance Awards.
The Gimme Shelter actress was accompanied to the event, which is held to benefit The Circle of Hope charity — which supports dancers who have survived the disease — by her boyfriend, Austin Butler, and while on stage, she revealed that they both have personally witnessed the devastating effects of cancer.
“Last year, my boyfriend, Austin, lost his mom, Lori, to cancer, and my dad has just been recently diagnosed with stage four cancer,” Hudgens explained.
“Let me tell you, I hate cancer. I hate cancer with every cell of my being,” she added, before dedicating the award to her father, Greg Hudgens, and Butler’s mother.
“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. “So my love for you guys, and thank you. God bless.”
Vanessa Hudgens is going through something no one ever wants to face, and we wish her father all the best in his fight against this dreadful disease.
Watch Vanessa Hudgens’ speech in the video below.