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Benefit dinner, auction to be held for 9-year-old cancer patient

Posted April 12, 2012

Devon Murphy, 9, was just a normal boy who loved to play baseball and hang out with his friends until November 2011, when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Devon has since been making weekly trips to UNC Children's Hospital to receive treatment, but these procedures come with a price.

In honor of Devon and the struggles he faces every day, a benefit dinner and silent auction will be held at Amedeo's Italian Restaurant in Raleigh on Sunday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will also include children's activities. All of the proceeds will be donated to UNC Children's Oncology Hospital and the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.

devon murphy Boy fights leukemia amidst drug shortage

In February, Devon became one of 500,000 patients affected by the shortage of 28 cancer drugs. The nationwide shortage of methotrexate, an important drug for Devon's treatment, was caused when one of three manufacturers stopped production. He was featured in a WRAL News story about the shortage.


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  • natalienathop Apr 12, 2012

    Where can the donations be mailed to?

  • armada08 Apr 12, 2012

    Money...there are 4 companies that make this drug. One cut production because of problems at its plant. The other three cut production because they weren't making enough of a profit off the drug, so they slowed production, increasing the need for the drug, thus increasing the cost,...you get the picture. This is drug manufacturing in America, and why we pay so much for medical care!! What can we do about it, I'm not sure, but something needs to be done, and now!

  • computer trainer Apr 12, 2012

    How can a company just STOP production?? That makes no sense. Can another company pick up the production?