Home Alone actor Ken Hudson Campbell announces cancer diagnosis

Home Alone actor Ken Hudson Campbell announces cancer diagnosis
  • PublishedDecember 8, 2023

Actor Ken Hudson Campbell, who played Santa in the popular 1990 movie Home Alone, will undergo a 10-hour surgery and months of treatment after a cancer diagnosis.

The actor’s daughter Michaela has set up a crowdfunding page asking for help, having previously said that her father had “lost his health insurance” which he had used throughout his career.

Surgeons will remove a large section of the 61-year-old actor’s jaw bone, lymph nodes and part of his leg bone.

“We need the world’s help to save Ken,” Michaela wrote in the GoFundMe description created on December 2.

“On October 27th, 2023, Ken was diagnosed with cancer, a tumour had elusively grown on the bottom of his mouth, and it began encroaching on his teeth.”

Ken Hudson Campbell and Macaulay Culkin in 1990 movie Home Alone.

Campbell’s marathon operation is scheduled for December 7 US time.

“Surgeons plan to reconstruct a new jaw for Ken from this leg bone, install it, and treat him with radiation,” Michaela said.

“He will have a six-month recovery period and chemo may be needed afterwards as well.”

Michaela wrote that in 2022 her father lost his health insurance which he had used throughout his career.

“He’s looking at a week in the hospital, dealing with a feeding tube, skin grafts, and a tracheotomy, and we are looking at further recovery possibilities like nursing homes,” she wrote in the fundraiser.

“Even though physical therapy and speech therapy are covered, we are anticipating huge out-of-pocket costs for caregivers/skilled nursing, insurance premiums, medical equipment, transportation, dental implants, dentures and who knows what else.

“Our entire immediate family, Kathleen, Richard, and Michaela, are planning on taking care of him as much as we can during this long journey.”

The family is trying to raise $US100,000 (more than $A150,000) for medical fees.

Ken Hudson Campbell’s daughter Michaela is asking for donations.

Beyond Home Alone, Campbell has played roles in movies including Groundhog’s Day, Armageddon, Herman’s Head, Above Ground and his most recent work, Digging to Death.

Stars who have donated to the GoFundMe include actors Steve Carell, Jeff Garlin and Tim Meadows along with Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady.

Campbell shared the fundraising page to his own Instagram on Sunday, writing: “Never thought I’d be posting this. All thanks to my wonderful family.”


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