The internet convention that the YouTuber helped to build will continue without him this year, and it is called VidCon.
Hank Green, co-founder of both YouTube and VidCon, said on Friday that he has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a kind of cancer that affects the lymphatic system.
“It is possible that we were able to catch my in a timely manner. In a video that was released to YouTube and lasted for thirteen minutes, Green stated, “I’m still waiting on a scan to sort of confirm that.” He said that he will begin chemotherapy treatment very soon.
Through their joint YouTube channel, known as vlogbrothers, Green and his younger brother John, who is also a writer for young adults, rose to notoriety online. They are responsible for a number of other successful ventures, such as the instructional YouTube channel known as “Crash Course” and the podcast known as “Dear Hank and John.”
Green stated that he sought the counsel of friends who have battled cancer in the past over what to anticipate while undergoing treatment. He added that he had a number of risk factors for lymphoma, such as taking particular medications, having an autoimmune illness, and having mononucleosis when he was younger.
In addition, he discussed how his diagnosis would have an effect on his job going forward and disclosed that he might not be able to provide content on as regular of a basis. Green acknowledged that his community would most likely be kind and understanding regarding this matter.
In the video, he can be heard saying, “I’m playing it by ear.” “I know that it’s going to make me feel like garbage, and that it’s going to be a very unpleasant experience.”
VidCon, which is an annual convention for internet culture that is held in Anaheim, California, issued a statement on Instagram indicating that Green would not be attending this year’s event, which is scheduled to take place in the following month.
According to the post, “Hank’s inability to attend VidCon Anaheim 2023 next month is the direct result of the diagnosis that was just given to him.” “To our Co-Founder, go-to science guy, and the only person on the internet who seems to understand where all the candle wax goes: we’re sending all the love from the VidCon community and beyond,” read the message on the VidCon website.
After Green’s declaration, other people took to the comment section to express their approval of him.
“I am so sorry to hear that, Hank! Twitter user Seán McLoughlin, better known as Jacksepticeye, a gaming YouTuber, sent the following message to Jacksepticeye: “Wishing you all the strength and energy you need to get through this.”
“I don’t care if it’s parasocial, but I truly love and care about you as if you were my strange uncle who I rarely see. One of your other fans wrote, “I hope that you feel like the community can pour some strength into you!! You have unknowingly provided me with so much strength over the years, and I hope that you feel like it can do the same for them.”
In addition, as Green requested, fans demonstrated their affection for him by sending photographs of pelicans to him.