Popular Greek American television host Maria Menounos has asked her fans around the world to pray for her mother, Litsa, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.
The 38-year-old shared an image of her mother and father, Constantinos, boarding a small private plane on her way to Los Angeles, where she will begin treatment.
She captioned the image with the heartbreaking news, announcing to fans the very private struggle her family is going through.
"And so our journey begins. Mom is battling a brain tumor. She's a champion. Please pray for her full recovery. Just landed safe and sound in (Los Angeles) for treatments. Thank you to everyone sending love and support at this time. Oh did I mention it's her birthday week?" Menounos, 38, wrote early Tuesday.
She also had some other happy news to share, adding: 'Oh did I mention it's her birthday week?:) #itsallaboutlitsa #standup2cancer #choosehappiness #wewillfight'.
Maria's family live in Boston and the television host resides with them part of the year along with her partner Keven Undergaro. Maria's a very proud Greek American and her entire family became household names on her reality show Chasing Maria Menounos, which aired briefly for a few months in 2014.
Her mother's surgery is set for this Thursday and she is asking her fans to pray more especially on this day.
*Images from Maria Menounos' Instagram page @mariamenounos