WESTWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Leonard Goldberg says his love for his daughter, a migraine-sufferer, led him and his wife to contribute to migraine research at UCLA.
“I watched her over the years just suffer so badly with migraines,” said Goldberg, the executive producer on CBS’ “Blue Bloods.”
On Monday, the Goldbergs were applauded for their $10 million gift to start the UCLA Goldberg Migraine Program.
The donation is being touted as the largest donation ever to support what doctors call “an underfunded disorder.”
“This kind of opportunity is going to allow us to bring new therapies to them,” said Dr. Andrew Charles of the UCLA Goldberg Migraine Program.
According to the World Health Organization, migraine is the third most common type of medical disorder in the world. It affects 36 million people in the U.S. alone.
The Goldbergs’ daughter, Amanda, says she’s lived with migraines her entire life.
“It’s sort of blindingly difficult,” she said.
Judith Sheindlin, who stars on the syndicated television show “Judge Judy,” attended Monday’s event and said she had migraines as a child. She looks forward to the research helping others.
“Someday, sooner rather than later because of the philanthropy of the Goldbergs, we’ll not have to suffer another day with a migraine,” she said.
The Goldbergs were also recognized for their years of philanthropy toward the UCLA Health Sciences. A medical building is now named after them.
They say, with the donation, they hope doctors can make a breakthrough for their daughter and millions of sufferers.