Two years after Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin’s death, the Anton Yelchin Foundation has donated $1 million to the University of Southern California’s adult cystic fibrosis center at Keck Hospital, which has been renamed the Anton Yelchin Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at Keck Hospital of USC.
Before Yelchin died in a motor vehicle accident in 2016, the hospital administered treatment to him for 10 years as he battled cystic fibrosis. The clinic on Wednesday held a commemorative ceremony attended by Yelchin’s parents, the hospital’s cystic fibrosis unit and the Anton Yelchin Foundation’s board of directors to honor Yelchin and thank the foundation for its contribution.
“The staff at the cystic fibrosis clinic was like a family to Anton,” said Yelchin’s mother, Irina Yelchin. “He worked hard and was dedicated to living a healthy life. When he needed assistance, they were always there for him.”
Irina, along with her husband Victor Yelchin, created the foundation in honor of their son after he died. Victor serves as the foundation’s CEO and board president. Earlier this year, Yelchin’s parents reached a settlement with Fiat Chrysler, the makers of the SUV that crushed and killed the actor in his driveway.
“Anton had a generous spirit,” said Victor. “This gift not only reflects our gratitude to the clinic but also Anton’s dedication to helping others.”
Helmed by A. Purush Rao, clinical associate professor of medicine of the Keck School of Medicine at USC, the Anton Yelchin Cystic Fibrosis Clinic aids cystic fibrosis patients transitioning from pediatric to adult treatment.
Said Irina, “Because of Anton’s strong will and the dedication of the cystic fibrosis team at USC, he lived an exceptional, productive life.”