Earlier this week, magician and illusionist Criss Angel revealed in an interview with TMZ on Tuesday that his 5-year-old son, Johnny’s, cancer has returned. His son was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2015.
On Wednesday, the illusionist posted a video to Instagram of his son speaking with a counselor while his mom, Shaunyl Benson, and dad sitting next to him.
“It’s OK to feel sad. I’m angry this happened to you again. That is not fair,” the counselor said to Johnny, before explaining the effects of leukemia on his health.
The counselor also provided Johnny several visuals to help him understand his condition and how he might be feeling. “Thank you @cure4thekids and all for your thoughts and prayers. ❤️ #1095,” Angel wrote.
In addition to the video, the illusionist shared pictures of his family, including a few of his 10-month-old son, Xristos.
Angel also shared a video on his Instagram Story of Johnny jumping up and down with his brother. “How can he have anything wrong,” Angel captioned the video. “He’s full of life, love and happiness.”
Following Angel’s interview with TMZ about his family’s heartbreaking news, he released a statement.
“We have recently had confirmation that our 5-year-old son Johnny Crisstopher has relapsed with ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukemia). While we are devastated by this unexpected news, we believe that he will be in remission again soon,” Angel said. “We have great faith and hope for his treatment at both Summerlin Hospital and Cure 4 the Kids Foundation with Dr. Alan Ikeda, who has been treating Johnny Crisstopher in Nevada. He is an amazingly strong little boy, and with the support of family, friends, and my loyal fans we look forward to the day he is again in remission.”
The proud father also mentioned that he and his family plan to help other families who are dealing with similar struggles. “This setback only continues my commitment to raising awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research and treatment,” he continued. “We are working on a huge event for next year in support of our foundation, The Johnny Crisstopher Children’s Charitable Foundation, and will announce more details about it as things are confirmed. We want to thank you all for the outpouring of love, good thoughts and prayers for our amazing boy.”