Ryan Murphy Revealed That His Tiny Son’s Cancer Battle Prompted Him To Make An Astounding Donation

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Ryan Murphy experienced every parent’s nightmare when his child was diagnosed with cancer. His son Ford received treatment at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. And when the little boy turned four, the television show creator came up with an amazing way to thank the medical facility.

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Murphy arrived into the world in Indianapolis, Indiana on November 9, 1965. He later went to Indiana University Bloomington, where he studied journalism. After graduating, he wrote for publications such as Entertainment Weekly magazine, and newspapers including the New York Daily News and the Los Angeles Times.

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In the 1990s, Murphy started writing scripts. He penned Why Can’t I Be Audrey Hepburn?, which was bought by Steven Spielberg. His television career began when he hooked up with Gina Matthews to create Popular, a comedy show focused on teenagers that screened from 1999 to 2001.

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Murphy went on to create the plastic surgery drama Nip/Tuck. The series first aired in 2003 and ran for six seasons. It also earned the show’s creator his first Emmy Award nomination.

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One year before Nip/Tuck ended, Murphy cemented his role in Hollywood with the musical drama Glee that he created with Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Following its 2009 premiere, the series won high praise from critics. What’s more Ryan, sitting in the director’s chair for the pilot episode, scooped his first Emmy.

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Glee ended in 2015 after six seasons. But Murphy’s success has only continued following the show, and he is known for being behind various anthology series including Feud, Scream Queens, American Crime Story and American Horror Story. The 53-year-old has also directed the movies The Normal Heart and Eat, Pray, Love.

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Today, Murphy has six Emmy Awards to his name, earned variously for his work as a screenwriter, director and producer. He has also received the Inspiration award from the Foundation for AIDS Research, aka amfAR. The star came out as gay when he was 15 years old and is an ardent supporter of organizations helping to combat AIDS.

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In July 2012, Murphy married photographer David Miller. The pair had been friends for many years before their relationship turned romantic. “After years and years of dating people, we were like, ‘What are we doing? We’re the same age, we want kids, let’s try it,’” the TV icon told magazine The Hollywood Reporter three months later. “Thank God it worked.”

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Murphy and Miller started a family the same year as tying the knot. Their eldest son, Logan, was born via a surrogate on December 24, 2012. And almost two years later in October 2014, their second child, Ford, entered the world.

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But in 2016, tragedy struck. Ford was having a routine check-up with his pediatrician, Dr. Lauren Crosby, when the doctor discovered that he had “an abdominal tumor the size of a tennis ball.” Murphy recalled in an Instagram post on October 22, 2018 the moment he and Miller received the terrible news.

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“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,” Murphy shared in the social media post. The malady usually affects the adrenal glands and is the most common form of the disease to be found in infants. Ford had a long road ahead of him – but Murphy credits his husband with getting the family through it.

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“Ford has undergone a huge surgery and several difficult procedures,” Murphy revealed. “My better half, David Miller, was a rock through this – strong and patient and loving.” The screenwriter admitted that he “was always a trembling wreck” throughout the terrifying health battle.

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Fortunately, Murphy told fans that his little boy is now happy and healthy. “Ford was strong as well, and today he is thriving,” he wrote. “He just celebrated his fourth birthday, a milestone we are all so thrilled about.”

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Murphy explained that he believes that Ford’s recovery can be credited to the excellent medical care that he received. The four-year-old was treated at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. So in honor of their son, the couple decided to pay it forward in an incredible way.

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Ford’s parents made a staggering donation as a gift of thanks to the medical center. “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,” Murphy wrote in the Instagram post. “No child is turned away at Children’s Hospital.”

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Murphy added that it was a pleasure to be able to give back to the place that had saved their son’s life. “We are so honored and lucky to contribute and encourage everybody who can to do the same,” he shared. “We love you, Ford.”

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The hospital wing has been named the Ford Theodore Miller Murphy Floor, and the huge donation will benefit the medical and surgical care of patients as well as going towards the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. Miller and Murphy attended the unveiling with their two sons and were thanked for their munificent contribution.

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“The Miller Murphy family’s generosity will help us continue to provide world-class, lifesaving care to the patients we treat,” CHLA CEO and President Paul S. Viviano announced. His statement continued, “This gift reflects the family’s dedication to enhancing the care of children throughout the Los Angeles community.” And Murphy is not the only celebrity to have had a positive experience with the hospital.

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Jimmy Kimmel recently made a $1 million donation to the medical center after his newborn son Billy had open heart surgery there. And Michael Bublé lavished praise on hospital staff for the treatment they gave his son, Noah, who is now healthy following a battle with liver cancer. Murphy put pen to paper on a $300 million deal with Netflix earlier this year, and with his little boy now “doing so well,” it was clearly important for him to give back.

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Murphy was praised on Instagram for his sizable donation to help other kids in need. “Your son is lucky to have amazing parents who love him very much,” one person wrote. Another added, “Wishing you and your family all the best. Your donation is incredibly generous and gives hope to so many. I wish Ford good health and endless belly laughs.”

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