Ryan Murphy Reveals How Son's Cancer Diagnosis Turned Him Into a ‘Trembling Wreck’
By Leena Tailor
TV legend Ryan Murphy has revealed how he became a “trembling wreck” while dealing with his son, Ford's, battle with cancer.
The creator of shows including Glee, 9-1-1 and American Horror Story took to Instagram on Monday to share how Ford, now 4-years-old, was diagnosed with neuroblastoma (a form of cancer most commonly affecting children under five) two years ago.
“I’d like you to meet Ford Theodore Miller Murphy,” Murphy wrote alongside a sweet photo of Ford sitting on a horse. “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.”
Murphy went on to explain how pediatrician, Dr. Lauren Crosby, found a tennis ball-sized abdominal tumor during one of Ford’s routine check-ups. The young boy then underwent major surgery and additional “difficult” procedures.
“My better half, David Miller, was a rock through this -- strong and patient and loving (I was always a trembling wreck,)” Murphy continued, paying tribute to his husband of six years, with whom he also has a 5-year-old son named Logan. “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.”
Murphy, 52, then shared how he is donating a wing “in tribute to Ford,” to the hospital and gifting $10 million, “so that other children can experience the love and care of this exceptional facility.”