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Criss Angel talks about his 2-year-old son’s battle with cancer

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 3/09/2016 KATE FELDMAN
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Criss Angel is using his son’s leukemia to help other families suffering through the same diagnosis.

The magician’s 2-year-old son, Johnny Sarantakos, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in October and went into remission in June.

“He’s the truest form of magic. Johnny was the biggest blessing of my life. It changed my life dramatically,” Angel told PEOPLE.

“I believe he was diagnosed with cancer because there’s a greater purpose for me.”

While his son is recovering, Angel is working on a documentary about Johnny’s journey, called “1095,” the number of days he’ll be treated (three years).

“It’s how it affects not only the patient but the family and how you’re not alone in the world if you have to go through this,” Angel said.

Criss Angel is working on a documentary about his son's cancer diagnosis and treatment. - Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Mindfreak Live! © Provided by New York Daily News Criss Angel is working on a documentary about his son's cancer diagnosis and treatment. - Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Mindfreak Live! “I thought about all those kids and all those families that I’ve met in my work with children and how they must have felt and I felt like I had to take this horrible news and do something positive with it.”

Johnny is still undergoing chemotherapy treatments, blood transfusions and spinal taps in Australia, where he lives with his mother, Angel’s ex-wife Shaunyl Benson.

“I’d rather it be me than my son,” the “Mindfreak Live!” star told PEOPLE. “My son is supposed to outlive me and many of these kids don’t outlive their parents.”

As well as the documentary, Angel is hosting a charity event called HELP (Heal Every Life Possible) to benefit pediatric cancer, research and treatment on Sept. 12 in Las Vegas. Celebrity appearances and performances include Cirque Du Soleil, Corey Feldman, Mike Tyson and Flavor Flav.

Angel’s goal is to raise $1 million that night with the goal of erradicating the disease.

“These kids, man, even though they go through these insane days, they have a smile on their face. They appreciate every moment because they see it as a gift. They celebrate it with their loved ones,” Angel said. “A lot of them are way more wise than adults — they understand the importance of life and that’s what we all need to do.”

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