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Vanessa Hudgens: I hate cancer

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Vanessa Hudgens: I hate cancer

Vanessa Hudgens hates what cancer is doing to her father.

The 26-year-old actress has a close relationship with her parents.

And while accepting an award for Breakthrough Performer at the 2015 Industry Dance Awards on Wednesday night in Los Angeles, she revealed her dad Gregory Hudgens has recently received a devastating prognosis from doctors.

"Last year, my boyfriend, Austin [Butler], lost his mum, Lori, to cancer, and my dad has just been recently diagnosed with stage four cancer," Vanessa noted during her speech. "Let me tell you, I hate cancer. I hate cancer with every cell of my being."

Vanessa dedicated the honour to all ailing family members.

The star got choked up discussing how important they are in her life, noting she commiserates with people who have relatives battling terminal illness.

"This award, it means a lot to me but I dedicate it to my boyfriend's mum, 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.

A few weeks ago Vanessa posted a picture of herself on Instagram hanging out with father Greg, who is a former firefighter.

In the caption to the sweet photo Vanessa asked fans for their healing prayers, however, the Broadway musical Gigi star did not share details about his illness at the time.

“My daddy and I Please pray for his healing!!! The more prayers the better. (sic),” she wrote, infusing the note with heart and prayer hands emojis.

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