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UCLA Endocrine Surgery Program Receives Grant from Christopher Murphy Foundation for Treatment of Uninsured Patients with Thyroid Cancer
LOS ANGELES, California (February 10, 2012) The UCLA Endocrine Surgery Program has received a $25,000 grant from the Christopher Murphy Foundation to establish a fund which will provide need-based financial assistance to patients being treated for thyroid cancer. "Rates of thyroid cancer have tripled in the United States since the 1970’s. Furthermore, at this time our nation’s health care system does not have a solution in place for uninsured patients with this disease.” said Dr. Michael Yeh, Section Chief of Endocrine Surgery and Associate Professor of Surgery, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “Given the current economic conditions, we are talking about a significant number of people who could be helped by this collaboration. We are honored to receive this grant and it will help us expand our services to the uninsured patients in our community."
Former patient starts Christopher Murphy Foundation to assist the uninsured in L.A.
Cancer survivor donated $25,000 to UCLA’s endocrine surgery program
During his first battle with thyroid cancer, Christopher Murphy had to pay his medical expenses out of his own pocket because he lacked health insurance. The operation saved his life. Three years later, he decided he wanted to help others in his position. It was the first time UCLA’s endocrine surgery program had received a donation to help uninsured patients, said Dr. Michael Yeh, associate professor of surgery at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and chief of the endocrine surgery program.
“The relationship this foundation has with UCLA and Dr. Yeh is amazing, because now patients who come in without health insurance can get the help they need. … All the money goes right into their hands,” Murphy said.