Grateful dad presents sculptures to physician, Ronald McDonald House

August 28, 2014

Mike Murphy is grateful to the heart surgeon at Penn State Hershey who operated on his 10-year-old son -- Gavin – and on Tuesday (Aug. 26), he expressed his gratitude through his art.

On Tuesday, Murphy, a sculptor, presented original sculptures to Dr. Brian Clark of Penn State Hershey Children’s Heart Group and to representatives of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania.

Clark says the sculpture he received is truly one-of-a-kind.

“It’s so thoughtful and obviously took a tremendous amount of time and energy,” Clark said.

The metal sculpture given to Clark depicts doctors working on a heart. The sculpture presented to the Ronald McDonald House is of a couple dancing with the moon as a backdrop. Murphy offered the piece as an auction item for the organization’s 13th annual Moonlight Gala & Auction, which will take place in October.

“I’m just glad that everyone was so good to me and I was really taken care of in the intensive care unit,” Gavin said of his aortic surgery, which took place in April.

  • The sculpture created by Mike Murphy for Dr. Brian Clark. Murphy says he was inspired to create it after Clark performed successful heart surgery on his son, Gavin, in April.

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  • Mike Murphy (second from left) unveils the sculpture he created to donate to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania.

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  • Representatives of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania pose with Mike Murphy (center, white shirt) along with the piece he created to donate to the organization.

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  • Gavin Murphy speaks with reporters about the heart surgery he underwent in April at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

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Last Updated August 28, 2014