Criss Angel is opening up about his son’s medical journey. During an interview at his Criss Angel MINDFREAK show at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on Saturday, December 23, the widely popular magician, 52, got candid about his son Johnny Crisstopher’s chemotherapy treatment and his heartbreaking battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.
“As a parent going through this myself, you kind of see it from both sides of the perspective,” Criss expressed according to Entertainment Tonight. “I was somebody who used to just work with children that were sick. Then I had a son who was diagnosed with pediatric cancer. So, I understand, with a son who just had a relapse, what it’s really like, moment by moment, and how difficult it is to look at your child who should be worrying about what toy they’re plaything with.” Adding, “Instead they’re worrying about treatment that’s literally putting poison into their body.”
Criss noted, “My son will be 8 years old when he’s done and six years of his life, he has been doing chemo treatments. I am going through this now.”
According to the National Cancer Institute, Childhood acute Lymphoblastic leukemia, also known as ALL, is a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes, which is a type of white blood cell. Sings of the disease include fever and bruising.
In October 2015 Criss had announced that Johnny had been diagnosed with cancer. Less than a year later, he revealed that as of June 2016, his son had gone into remission. However, on December 4, 2019, the illusionist told ET that Johnny’s cancer had returned. “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,” Criss explained.
Adding, “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 father of two revealed that he and his family planned to help other families who were going through similar struggles. “This setback only continues my commitment to raising awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research and treatment” Criss shared.
Noting, “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.”