“High School Musical” fame Vanessa Hudgens received an award for Breakthrough performer at 2015 Industry Dance awards in Los Angeles on Wednesday night — an event that benefits The Circle of Hope, a charity for dancers who have survived cancer — and revealed that her father, Greg who was diagnosed with cancer and is battling with stage 4 cancer. The 26-year-old actress opened up to her father’s struggle and his life ever since.
She also explained how her boyfriend Austin Butler lost his mother to cancer last year. “Last year, my boyfriend, Austin, lost his mom, Lori, to cancer, and my dad has just been recently diagnosed with stage four cancer,” Vanessa said. “Let me tell you, I hate cancer. I hate cancer with every cell of my being. 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,” Hudgens said during her speech.