Fans and loved ones of Australian screen sweetheart Johnny Ruffo have joined their voices to remind him to stay strong as he continues to battle his terminal brain cancer.
The 34-year-old has once again received an outpouring of love and support after recently sharing on Instagram that he has gone back to hospital to undergo more chemotherapy.
“Back in my favourite chair …” he captioned his post, which was accompanied by a photo of himself giving the camera a thumbs up while he sat on his chemotherapy chair.
Ruffo also added the hashtags “I hate this chair” and “F*** cancer” in his post.
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Many of the former Home and Away star’s fans took the time to leave heartfelt messages in his post’s comment section, reminding him of what an “inspiration” he is.
“Not all heroes wear capes.. so much respect for the fight you have been fighting! Big hugs @johnny_ruffo.”
“So sad you have to endure this Johnny but know that you have millions of fans praying for you.”
“You’re an inspiration, Johnny! Australia loves you.”
One user shared that Ruffo’s cancer battle has influenced him to do his part in helping other cancer sufferers, writing: “Thinking of you Johnny, I’ve been following your battle. Keep fighting. I’ve made it a priority in 2023 to donate platelets and plasma as much as I can to do my bit to help any cancer sufferers that may need it.”
The singer’s most recent cancer treatment update comes a few weeks after his appearance on the Kicpod podcast where he shared his philosophy on how to make the most out of life, telling the show’s hosts that the key to life was to not “sweat the small things”.
“Cherish life,” he said.
“Don’t sweat the small things and make sure the last conversation you have with people that you love is a good one.”
Despite his beautiful outlook on life and the unwavering support from his fans and family, Ruffo has previously admitted that he fears the thought of dying before his loved ones had the chance to “say goodbye”.
“I’m scared for my brother, my mum, dad and Tahnee that they won’t be here with me [when I die],” Ruffo admitted to The Daily Telegraph.
“There is no way my family will all be here. The likelihood of that is (slim). It would be ideal if everyone was there – not for my sake, but theirs.”
However, Ruffo said he hadn’t given up hope and reassured everyone that he was “powering through” his battle.
“At some point, it will get me but I’m still fighting. Still kicking on…I’m already winning. My goal now is to try and help as many people as I can and also live a happy life,” he said.