Two years after Ryan Murphy‘s youngest son Ford Murphy was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer, the American Horror Story creator took to social media to update the public on his son’s progress as well as to announce a wing of the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in Ford’s name and a $10 million donation to the medical facility. Through his Instagram account on Monday, Murphy thanked Ford’s physician Dr. Lauren Crosby personally and also revealed that his son recently celebrated his fourth birthday: “a milestone we are all so thrilled about.”
You can check out Murphy’s update on Ford’s health 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.
Often found in children under the age of 10, neuroblastoma starts “in early nerve cells (neuroblasts) of the sympathetic nervous system” (as defined by the American Cancer Society) that directly impacts basic body functions and nervous system. The cancer has no set growth rate, meaning it can spread slowly or develop rapidly throughout the body.