We were left devastated by the news that Sam Lloyd, the actor who played Ted in Scrubs had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and lung cancer.
Anyone who grew up watching the show will still very much hold an emotional attachment to the whole cast – it was just that type of show.
To make the whole situation even worse, Sam and his wife Vanessa had only just welcomed their first child into the world and a musical that the actor had been working on for over a decade had just been accepted into a prestigious theatre accelerator program.
After hearing the awful news, Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence shared a GoFundMe page on Twitter asking for donations to put towards Sam’s medical and childcare costs.
This is Sam. He was Ted on SCRUBS. He’s a pal. Just had his first baby. Get involved if you can. I am. https://t.co/PwZQCuSC7G
— Bill Lawrence (@VDOOZER) February 5, 2019
Quickly other familiar faces from the show rushed to share their support. Zach Braff who played the show’s leading character JD wrote: “Tragic news from our beloved Sam (aka, Ted the Lawyer). I will of course be getting involved. Please send him your love.”
Tragic news from our beloved Sam (aka, Ted the Lawyer). I will of course be getting involved. Please send him your love. https://t.co/ivcKvmbi3K
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 5, 2019
Kate Micucci, who playedStephanie Gooch for six episodes in the show also said: “My pal Sam is fighting cancer. He played Ted on SCRUBS. He’s an incredible person and a new dad. Please donate if you can.”
My pal Sam is fighting cancer. He played Ted on SCRUBS. He’s an incredible person and a new dad. Please donate if you can. ❤️https://t.co/9t49RKLaPn
— Kate Micucci (@katemicucci) February 5, 2019
Donald Faison, who played Turk also shared the GoFundMe page, which has already collected more than $70,000 in just one day. The page explains how Sam thought he was getting headaches due to a lack of sleep.
“Midway through January, Sam began to experience headaches and he had lost 10 pounds. He figured the headaches were caused by the lack of sleep that came along with his new role as Daddy, and the weight loss seemed like it could easily be the byproduct of a busy schedule – Sam had spent the better part of 2018 going back and forth to Vermont to care for his ailing mother, Marianna. He helped her make the move to assisted living and he cleaned out the family home of 50+ years – no small task, indeed.
On Thursday, January 17th, as his headaches grew stronger, Sam decided to go to the doctor. The doctor thought the pain might be sinus-related so he ordered a CT Scan. The scan revealed a mass on Sam’s brain. Within a day, he was in brain surgery. Unfortunately the tumor was too intertwined so the surgeons couldn’t remove it. By Sunday, Sam and Vanessa were informed that the cancer in his brain had metastasized from his lungs. Further scans showed the cancer was also in his liver, spine, and jaw.”