Ryan Murphy Reveals Son's Cancer Diagnosis, Donates $10 Million to Children’s Hospital

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“We are donating a wing in tribute to Ford and our family is making a gift of $10 million dollars so that other children can experience the love and care of this exceptional facility,” said the television producer.

Ryan Murphy’s paying it forward.

Two years ago, Murphy’s youngest son, Ford Murphy, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer.

The American Horror Story creator on Monday took to Instagram to reveal his son’s progress and donation to the hospital that saved his son’s life.

Murphy posted a photo of his son smiling as he rode a pony, saying: “I’d like you to meet Ford Theodore Miller Murphy. Today is a big day in his and our family’s lives. Two years ago, this sweet little innocent boy with a deep belly laugh and an obsession with Monster Trucks was diagnosed with neuroblastoma…an often fatal pediatric cancer.”

Neuroblastoma is a form of cancer often found in children under the age of 10. According to the American Cancer Society, the disease starts “in early nerve cells (called neuroblasts) of the sympathetic nervous system,” affecting basic body functions and anything related to the nervous system. The cancer can either spread slowly or develop at a rapid rate to all parts of the body.

“Ford’s cancer — an abdominal tumor the size of a tennis ball — was found during a normal checkup by his brilliant pediatrician Dr. Lauren Crosby @drlaurencrosby,” said Murphy about his son’s diagnosis.

Aside from thanking his son’s doctor, Murphy also pledged to donate to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, one of the nation's leading children's hospitals and a nonprofit pediatric health care organization. 

“Today at the hospital we are donating a wing in tribute to Ford and our family is making a gift of $10 million dollars so that other children can experience the love and care of this exceptional facility,” said Murphy, who added, “No child is turned away at Children’s Hospital.”

CHLA has chosen to name the fifth floor of the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion the "Ford Theodore Miller Murphy Floor" in honor of the donation from Murphy and his family, which will care for medically and surgically acute patients of all ages. 

"The Miller Murphy family's generosity will help us continue to provide world-class, lifesaving care to the patients we treat," said CHLA President and CEO Paul S. Viviano in a statement. "This gift reflects the family's dedication to enhancing the care of children throughout the Los Angeles community." 

The donation will also benefit CHLA's Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, which serves as the largest pediatric hematology, oncology and blood and marrow transplant program in the western United States. 

The 9-1-1 creator updated fans on Ford’s progress, revealing that his son just celebrated his fourth birthday, “a milestone we are all so thrilled about.”

See Murphy’s full post, below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I’d like you to meet Ford Theodore Miller Murphy. Today is a big day in his and our family’s lives. Two years ago, this sweet little innocent boy with a deep belly laugh and an obsession with Monster Trucks was diagnosed with neuroblastoma…an often fatal pediatric cancer. Ford’s cancer — an abdominal tumor the size of a tennis ball — was found during a normal check up by his brilliant pediatrician Dr. Lauren Crosby @drlaurencrosby. From there, Ford has undergone a huge surgery and several difficult procedures. My better half, David Miller, was a rock through this — strong and patient and loving (I was always a trembling wreck). Ford was strong as well, and today he is thriving. He just celebrated his fourth birthday, a milestone we are all so thrilled about. Ford is doing so well because of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles @childrensla. Today at the hospital we are donating a wing in tribute to Ford and our family is making a gift of $10 million dollars so that other children can experience the love and care of this exceptional facility. No child is turned away at Children’s Hospital. We are so honored and lucky to contribute, and encourage everybody who can to do the same. We love you, Ford. credit: @dcmphoto.biz

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