Children's Hospital Los Angeles has announced a $10 million gift from Emmy Award-winning television show creator Ryan Murphy and his husband, photographer David Miller.
In an Instagram post, Murphy wrote that two years ago their younger son, Ford, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma, an aggressive form of pediatric cancer. After "a huge surgery and several difficult procedures," he is thriving and recently celebrated his fourth birthday. "Today at the hospital we are donating a wing in tribute to Ford, and our family is making a gift of $10 million so that other children can experience the love and care of this exceptional facility....We are so honored and lucky to contribute and encourage everybody who can to do the same."
The funds will be used to name a Chair of Surgical Oncology and support an endowment in neuroblastoma care, enabling CHLA to dedicate resources to research and lifesaving clinical care and provide advanced therapies to pediatric cancer patients. The gift also will benefit CHLA's Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, a program that has increased cure and survival rates for patients through innovative research, state-of-the art clinical care, and global leadership. In recognition of the gift, CHLA will name the fifth floor of the Marion and John E. Anderson Pavilion the "Ford Theodore Miller Murphy Floor."
"CHLA was an obvious choice for us when we learned of Ford's diagnosis," said Miller. "We needed a support system and their experience with children and parents proved invaluable."
According to the American Cancer Society, "neuroblastoma starts in certain, very early forms of nerve cells, most often found in an embryo or fetus" and is a "type of cancer [that] occurs most often in infants and young children." CHLA notes that it is the third most common cancer in children and the second most common form of solid tumor in children, after brain tumors.
At a gala event on Saturday that featured celebrities such as Heidi Klum, longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, and Pharrell Williams, the hospital raised a total of $5.5 million, the Los Angeles Times reports, including a last-minute $1 million gift from honoree Jimmy Kimmel and his wife, Molly McNearney, whose son, Billy, was born with a heart disease and treated at CHLA. The funds will support pediatric medical care and research at the hospital.
(Photo credit: Keats Elliott)