Vanessa Hudgens has some very unfortunate news, her father has been diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer. Absolutely devastating. Hudgens got very emotional when speaking to the audience at the 2015 Industry Dance Awards & Cancer Benefit Show held at Avalon in Hollywood Wednesday. She noted how different her perspective is on the disease now that it has hit close to home.
We first learned of her father's poor health when she Instagrammed the photo above captioning, "Please pray for his healing!!! The more prayers the better."
At the banquet she opened up candidly, "Last year, my boyfriend, Austin, lost his mom, Lori, to cancer, and my dad has just been recently diagnosed with stage 4 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 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."
Vanessa was awarded "Breakthrough Performer in Gigi" and told the audience that the award "means a lot." She also dedicated the award to her family and those who are battling the disease, "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."