Criss Angel and wife Shaunyl Benson are parents to a 'superhero'
Illusionist Criss Angel and wife Shaunyl Benson are parents to a cancer warrior. The couple’s oldest son, Johnny Christopher Sarantakos, was diagnosed with cancer in October 2015.
Angel, whose given name is Christopher Nicholas Sarantakos, has since partnered up with Olivia Hope Foundation and Redline Steel to raise money to fight childhood cancer.
He also runs a charity foundation named after his son, Johnny Christopher Children’s Charitable Foundation, whose goal is to raise awareness regarding pediatric cancer, provide funds for research, and ultimately cure it.
While Angel and his wife Benson are both actively working towards helping cancer patients and their son, the fact that he shared a son with her was completely unknown just until he shared his son was battling cancer.
Angel’s Son Was Diagnosed With Cancer At 20 Months Old
Angel was previously thought to be single until early 2015 when he got married to Shaunyl Benson on February 17, 2015.
Just days before the wedding, he had admitted that he shared a son, Johnny Christopher, with the Australian actress and that Johnny was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Johnny was just 20 months old at the time, and the illusionist revealed the news via Twitter. It was also the first time Angel spoke publicly about having a child. Since then, both Angel and Benson have worked actively to raise awareness for pediatric cancer.
Angel and Benson welcomed their second son, Xristos Yanni Sarantakos on January 22, 2019.
Angel Helping Other Families With Pediatric Cancer Patients
The Mindfreak magician has been waging his battle against pediatric cancer. Angel and his wife teamed up with Olivia Hope Foundation and Redline Steel in 2020 to raise money to fight childhood cancer.
Benson spoke up about the partnership and mentioned that helping organizations dedicated to raising awareness for childhood cancer meant a lot to her family. She also urged everyone to get together and pool their efforts to beat pediatric cancer.
The illusionist has also contributed a fair share towards the cause of beating childhood cancer through his Johnny Christopher Children’s Charitable Foundation.
On top of raising awareness and funds for treatment and cure for childhood cancer, the foundation also helped families in need during the pandemic. Angel talked to Extra TV about the effort.
Because of the COVID-19 virus, they [family of pediatric cancer patients] lost their job. And they had to make really… decisions that no one should ever be faced with you know. Am I gonna buy a drug to treat my son or daughter or am I gonna put food on the table. So, the Johnny Christopher Children’s Charitable Foundation… we fed over 50,000 meals for 150 families for approximately 8 weeks.
Benson too has been doing her best to raise awareness regarding childhood cancer and often posts about her son's battle against leukemia.