"Mindfreak" Magician Criss Angel has cancelled his upcoming "Believe" magic shows at the Luxor in Las Vegas to be with his 2-year-old son Johnny, who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Angel, born Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, first announced his "family emergency" on Twitter on Oct. 23.
Johnny was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, the most common type of cancer in children.
Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is a cancer involving blood and bone marrow. This type of leukaemia progresses at a fast rate, creating immature white blood cells called lymphocytes.
Although ALL is among the most curable cancers, the University of Maryland Medical Center reports
that there are approximately 1,400 deaths each year in the United States due to ALL. However, the cure rate is greater in children than in adults.
Criss Angel, 47, posted a photo on Twitter October 26, showing his son, Johnny Sarantakos, 2, and girlfriend Shaunyl Benson, exhausted in the hospital. Johnny endured another round of chemotherapy to battle acute lymphoblastic leukaemia , and Criss reached out to everyone lending him, and little Johnny, support.
“4th day chemo-Shaunyl, Johnny & I can’t thank u enough for the overwhelming outpouring of
love, prayers & support #amazing,” Criss tweeted, along with a sweet photo of the parents and child lying in a hospital bed together. Poor Johnny, pacifier in mouth, wearing the tiniest Mickey Mouse shirt, is fast asleep in his father’s arms.
I pray he goes into full remission after completing his treatment. Poor kid!