Our hearts are just breaking for Vanessa Hudgens and her family. During an emotional new speech at the Industry Dance Awards for the Circle of Hope Dancers Foundation for cancer, the actress announced that her own dad has been diagnosed with cancer.
While accepting her award for "Breakthrough Performance" at the event, Vanessa got deeply personal about how cancer has affected her family's life.
"Last year my boyfriend, Austin [Butler], lost his mom Lori to cancer and my dad has been recently diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer," Vanessa bravely revealed. "Let me tell you, I hate cancer. I hate cancer with every cell of my being."
"This award 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 while accepting her award.
Vanessa also admitted that she could never imagine how deeply she could be affected by the disease until cancer hit this close to home. We think she is so strong for publicly sharing her story, especially since so many families go through similar heartbreaking situations and can relate to her pain.
Our thoughts are with Vanessa and her dad at this very difficult time, and feel free to share your own best wishes for the family in the comments section below.