Criss Angel’s two-year-old son Johnny has bravely conquered his fourth round of chemo. The illusionist shared a heartbreaking photo of his amazing son getting some much-needed rest on an awful day.
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 leukemia, 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 as his mommy dotes on him.
Johnny was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which is the most common type of cancer in children. This form of cancer occurs when bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell), according to the National Cancer Institute. The treatment course usually happens in three phases, including chemotherapy, and typically lasts two-three years.
Blessedly, the survival rate with acute lymphoblastic leukemia is very high. “About 85-90% of children will successfully clear the abnormal cancer cells in initial phase of treatment, which is really encouraging. Then children are monitored closely for relapse after their leukemia is in remission,” Austin TX based pediatrician and author of Baby 411 book series (baby411.com), Ari Brown, MD, told HollywoodLife.com.
“Obviously, there are some specifics for each individual case which can vary on the prognosis, but there is about an 85% five-year survival rate for children diagnosed with ALL,” Dr. Brown said.
HollywoodLifers, help us send our well wishes to Johnny, Criss and Shaunyl
— Samantha Wilson