Vanessa Hudgens: Dad Greg Hudgens Has Stage 4 Cancer

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Vanessa Hudgens is praying for a miracle. Her dad, Greg Hudgens, has stage 4 cancer.

It was during the 2015 Industry Dance Awards & Cancer Benefit Show held at the Avalon in Hollywood Wednesday that the Gigi star first opened up about her dad's battle--something she alluded to about three weeks ago via Instagram.

"My daddy and I. Please pray for his healing!!! The more prayers the better," she captioned her post.

During her acceptance speech Wednesday, Vanessa Hudgens shared that boyfriend Austin Butler lost his mother to cancer.

"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," she said.

"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,'" Vanessa Hudgens admitted. "But that's only because I had not been faced with it personally."

Like Vanessa Hudgens, many people don't think much about cancer until they or someone close to them are diagnosed with the disease. She went on to dedicate her award Wednesday to her dad and to Austin Butler's late mom.

Telling the audience that her award "means a lot, Vanessa Hudgens dedicated it to Greg and Lori, "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."

Certainly lots of people are praying for Vanessa Hudgens' dad in light of her passionate plea.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.