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Criss Angel announces son Johnny Crisstopher, seven, in remission from cancer after long battle

Criss Angel announced that his young son Johnny Crisstopher was in remission from cancer on Monday on social media.

The 54-year-old magician shared the news with his followers on YouTube and Instagram while also promoting a short film documenting seven-year-old Johnny’s journey.

Criss, real name Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, posted that Johnny on Monday will ‘finally ring the bell symbolizing his remission and the end of his treatment!’

In remission: Criss Angel announced that his son Johnny Crisstopher was in remission from cancer on Monday on social media

He added in all capital letters that no network or streaming platform would air the ‘1095’ short film due to the subject matter and added ‘but this is real life!’

‘I’m asking from my heart to yours if you would kindly share this link on your social media platforms – whether you love me or hate me – so that we can raise awareness and money to help kids battling for their lives right now,’ he concluded.

The 13-minute short film opened with clips of Criss performing as he said, ‘Magic is everywhere. People don’t realize it. Magic is life and life is magic. We just take it for granted’.

The title ‘1095’ was then shown as Criss was seen holding Johnny in a hospital bed as monitors beeped in the background.

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Cancer journey: The 54-year-old magician shared the news with his followers on YouTube and Instagram while also promoting a short film documenting seven-year-old Johnny's journey

Cancer journey: The 54-year-old magician shared the news with his followers on YouTube and Instagram while also promoting a short film documenting seven-year-old Johnny’s journey

Film title: The 13-minute film titled 1095 was promoted by the magician on social media

Film title: The 13-minute film titled 1095 was promoted by the magician on social media

In hospital: Criss was shown holding Johnny in a hospital bed as monitors beeped in the background

In hospital: Criss was shown holding Johnny in a hospital bed as monitors beeped in the background

A note to viewers said that Johnny Crisstopher in 2015 was diagnosed with cancer.

‘I thought it happened to the other person, not to you,’ Criss said in a confessional.

His wife Shaunyl Benson was seen at the hospital with Johnny as a nurse with a puppet drew blood from the boy.

Pediatric cancer: A note to viewers said that Johnny Crisstopher in 2015 was diagnosed with cancer

Pediatric cancer: A note to viewers said that Johnny Crisstopher in 2015 was diagnosed with cancer

Other person: 'I thought it happened to the other person, not to you,' Criss said in a confessional

Other person: ‘I thought it happened to the other person, not to you,’ Criss said in a confessional

Criss and Shaunyl got emotional while talking about the chemotherapy that Johnny had been undergoing for five years.

‘Ten percent of kids that go through the treatment they don’t even make it, not because of the cancer, but because of the types of medicines they have to put in their bodies. Ten percent lose their lives,’ Criss said.

‘They say the kids with bald heads are the bravest kids of all,’ said Shaunyl who encouraged people to interact with childhood cancer patients.

Getting emotional: Shaunyl Benson got emotional while talking about the chemotherapy that Johnny has been undergoing for five years

Getting emotional: Shaunyl Benson got emotional while talking about the chemotherapy that Johnny has been undergoing for five years

‘It’s okay to have that conversation, it’s okay to say, ”I feel you”,’ Shaunyl said.

Dr. Alan Ikeda, who is Johnny’s doctor, said the public needs to be aware of the scope of childhood cancer.

A message to viewers then said that ‘Over 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States.’

Raising awareness: Dr. Alan Ikeda, who is Johnny's doctor, said the public needs to be aware of the scope of childhood cancer

Raising awareness: Dr. Alan Ikeda, who is Johnny’s doctor, said the public needs to be aware of the scope of childhood cancer

Chilling statistic: A message to viewers then said that 'Over 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States'

Chilling statistic: A message to viewers then said that ‘Over 15,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States’

The short film got its title from the 1,095 chemotherapy sessions needed to treat Johnny’s type of B-Cell A.L.L. Leukemia.

Johnny after three years completed his final day of treatment in December, 2019, and Criss held Johnny while thanking his supporters, but less than a year later Johnny’s cancer returned.

Shaunyl and Criss after the remission fought back tears while talking about Johnny’s cancer battle while clips showed their upbeat son.

Multiple sessions: The short film got its title from the 1,095 chemotherapy sessions needed to treat Johnny's type of B-Cell A.L.L. Leukemia

Multiple sessions: The short film got its title from the 1,095 chemotherapy sessions needed to treat Johnny’s type of B-Cell A.L.L. Leukemia

Remission nightmare: Shaunyl fought back tears while talking about her son's cancer battle while clips showed Johnny staying upbeat

Remission nightmare: Shaunyl fought back tears while talking about her son’s cancer battle while clips showed Johnny staying upbeat

A month later, Las Vegas was locked down due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Criss said he was determined to raise awareness about childhood cancer and vowed to raise ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ to fight childhood cancer.

The video ended with Criss saying he wanted to be a voice for the children and to help their families.

New mission: Criss said he was determined to raise awareness about childhood cancer and vowed to raise 'hundreds of millions of dollars' to fight childhood cancer

New mission: Criss said he was determined to raise awareness about childhood cancer and vowed to raise ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’ to fight childhood cancer

‘Let them know that they are not alone, you know what I mean. There is magic in the world and that magic is love,’ Criss said.

‘While you watched this short film, 7 children were diagnosed with cancer,’ the short film concluded.

Viewers were encouraged to visit CrissAngelHELP.com for more information.

Criss and Shaunyl also have two-year-old son Yanni and 10-week-old daughter Illusia Angelina together. 

Charitable foundation: Viewers were encouraged to visit CrissAngelHELP.com for more information

Charitable foundation: Viewers were encouraged to visit CrissAngelHELP.com for more information

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