Taking to his Facebook page Friday morning, Canadian singer and dad of two Michael Bublé shared heartbreaking news that no parent should ever have to: Bublé’s 3-year-old son Noah has cancer.
“We are devastated about the recent cancer diagnosis of our oldest son Noah who is currently undergoing treatment in the US,” Bublé’s post began. “We have always been very vocal about the importance of family and the love we have for our children. Luisana and I have put our careers on hold in order to devote all our time and attention to helping Noah get well. At this difficult time, we ask only for your prayers and respect for our privacy. We have a long journey in front of us and hope that with the support of family, friends and fans around the world, we will win this battle, God willing.”
The news comes just weeks after Bublé began rehearsals for his upcoming 2017 tour, sharing a happy family photo on Instagram before boarding a plane with his wife, Argentinian actress Luisana Lopilato, Noah, and his 9-month-old son Elias. Yet soon after, according to Entertainment Tonight Canada, the family travelled to the U.S. to seek treatment for Noah, who was thought to be suffering from mumps.
Sadly, this hasn’t been the only health scare for little Noah. Just last summer, he was rushed to a hospital near the family’s home in Argentina, where he was treated for burns after accidentally spilling a boiling pot of water on himself.
“Noah is fine,” Bublé assured fans at the time. “This was nothing major at all, thank goodness.”
Shortly after, Lopilato thanked fans on Twitter for the outpouring of support the family received. “Thanks to everyone for supporting me in these moments,” she wrote in Spanish. “My son is doing very well. God willing, we will go home soon.”
While childhood cancers remain relatively rare, according to the American Cancer Society (ACS), they’ve been on the rise for the last few decades. Some 10,380 children under the age of 15 are expected to be diagnosed with some form of the disease in 2016 alone.
Yet for families like the Bublés, who face the heartbreaking reality of their child’s diagnosis, there is hope. Thanks to advances in treatment methods, the ACS reports that more than 80% of children with cancer now survive 5 years or more, which is a huge increase compared to decades past. And the overall survival rates of children with cancer are improving each year.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bublés during this emotional time.