Criss Angel just got the best news any parent of a kid with cancer can get

Jun 16, 2016 at 3:24 p.m. ET
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Criss Angel must truly believe there is a spiritual being looking over him — his 2-year-old son Johnny is in remission from cancer.

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Angel (real name Christopher Sarantakos) revealed that Johnny "is technically in remission." The famous illusionist said, "I believe he will be healed."

Johnny, Angel’s child with ex-wife Shaunyl Benson, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia last October. The child lives in Australia with his mom, where he is still undergoing intense chemotherapy treatments, blood transfusions and spinal taps.

The adorable little boy has managed to keep smiling throughout his grueling experience, which his dad was keen to show on his Instagram page.


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Angel, 48, hadn’t publicly confirmed he was a father until Johnny was diagnosed with leukemia and he had to cancel several of his Las Vegas "Believe" shows to fly to Australia and be with his son.

Since then, the illusionist has been a dedicated campaigner for cancer research. On Sept. 12 he will hold a benefit show and auction at the Luxor. "Heal Every Life Possible" aims to raise $1 million to go toward research for cures for children's cancers. As well as Angel himself, Cirque du Soleil, Blue Man Group, Wayne Newton, Tom Green, Howie Mandel and Gary Oldman will perform.

According to the American Cancer Society, doctors use the term "remission" when cancer has responded to treatment and the signs and symptoms of the illness are reduced. It doesn’t mean the cancer has definitely been cured; some doctors consider a patient to be cured of cancer when they have remained in remission for five or more years.

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Let's hope Johnny stays well — and keeps smiling.

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