Amazing Race Star Jaymes Vaughan Releases Song to Help His Father

Amazing Race Star Jaymes Vaughan Releases Single for Sick Father
Jaymes Vaughan
Nick Coletsos

updated 03/02/2013 AT 10:00 AM EST

originally published 02/28/2013 AT 07:50 PM EST

Jaymes Vaughan wanted to win The Amazing Race to raise funds for his father, who has been battling a rare form of cancer.

The fan favorite, a Chippendales dancer in Las Vegas, came up just short by finishing second, but he hasn't stopped trying to help his dad, Ed Vaughan.

His latest effort: moving up the release date of his new single, "Tonight," when his father's health took a turn for the worse. Proceeds from the song will go toward Ed's care and Jaymes says he was determined to release it while his father is here to see it.

"The song is all about making the most of one night and I think that's actually pretty fitting right now," he says of the upbeat dance track, which is available on iTunes and Amazon.

"I'm happy I get to share this moment with him, I just wish it was on completely different terms," Jaymes adds to PEOPLE. "Honestly, it sucks. But my dad always told me to look at the bright side of things, so that's what I'm going to do. "

"I am very proud of all of his accomplishments," adds Ed of his son, "but I'm even prouder of the way he has stepped up to the plate to help me."

As for his father's fight and fans' efforts to help, Jaymes tells PEOPLE, "I'm honestly very moved and can not thank everyone enough. I can not believe how much people from all over the world have stepped up to help my dad, whether its through donations, prayers or positive thoughts."

"Miracles can always happen, and I haven't given up hope," he adds. "So please, keep praying."

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