“Scrubs” actor Sam Lloyd has been diagnosed with lung cancer just weeks after his wife Vanessa gave birth to their first child together.
A GoFundMe page for the actor, 55, said Lloyd was diagnosed in January after welcoming a son named Weston.
According to the page, Lloyd began experiencing headaches and suddenly lost 10 pounds which he initially attributed to his busy schedule and sleepless nights taking care of his newborn son. But after going to the doctor, a CT scan revealed a brain tumor.
His doctors ordered immediate surgery to remove the tumor but found that the cancer had spread to his lungs, spine, jaw, liver and brain.
“In the face of this devastating news, Sam and Vanessa have been incredibly strong and positive. Humor and laughter, which have been a huge part of Sam’s life, will undoubtedly help him with what lies ahead,” the GoFundMe page, which was created by “Scrubs” executive produce Tim Hobert, said.
The page noted that Lloyd was cheering his “beloved New England Patriots in his hospital room” just after his diagnosis. His cheering was so loud he was asked by a nurse to “cheer quieter.”
“Sam politely nodded. When the nurse left the room, Sam turned to Vanessa and his friends and said, ‘What are they gonna do? Kill me?'”
The GoFundMe page is asking for $100,000 for medical and childcare expenses. As of Wednesday morning, more than $73,000 has been raised.
Lloyd is best known for portraying Sacred Heart lawyer Ted Buckland on the sitcom “Scrubs.” He is also the nephew of actor Christopher Lloyd.