Raleigh, N.C. — 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.
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.