David Shore is best known as the creator of FOX’s House, where Dr. Gregory House saved countless patients. But Shore is helping to heal in real life as a supporter of the charity Save A Child’s Heart, which provides pediatric heart surgery and follow-up care to young patients in need. With the holiday season here, LA Fan Cultures Examiner spoke to David about the importance of giving back and what makes this cause the right one for him.
“A lot of charities take a bad situation and make it a little less bad. This charity takes a bad situation for these kids and just makes it go away,” he explained. “These kids would quite simply die without this organization. They take them in and donate all their time and all their services and [the children] walk away healthy. Not just a little better, not just a Band-Aid on the wound; these kids walk away completely healthy.
“We’re so lucky in this country,” he continued. “I look at my own kids and they’ve so many benefits and everyone in this country [does] to some extent. If you grow up in Ethiopia or Tanzania, or even the Palestinian territory, these heart conditions that could easily be treated in the West just aren’t treated, get worse and these kids die just because they were born in a certain place. I love the idea of reaching out and trying to help people who don’t have these same benefits.
“Also, I like Israel. I think a lot of great things are happening in Israel and I think there’s so much bad press that I believe unfairly Israel gets,” David added. “I like the idea of highlighting something Israel and Jewish people are doing that is not at all self-serving; it’s making the world a better place.”
He’s been recognized several times within the entertainment industry, including two Emmy Award nominations for NYPD Blue, an Emmy win for the House episode “Three Stories” and a Writers Guild of America Award for co-writing the House sixth season premiere “Broken.” But as David explained, all of those commendations pale in comparison to being able to help SACH do real good in the world.
“About a few weeks ago, we were in Israel and I had the opportunity to actually attend a surgery,” he reflected. “This four-year-old girl [was] on the table and I watched as they prepped her, put her heart on the bypass machine, stopped her heart, repaired her heart, started to her heart again and closed her up. A week later, she was running around.
“It was one of those times in your life where everything gets thrown into perspective, and I said to those doctors if you have done nothing before in your life and if you do nothing again in your life, your life has been incredibly meaningful with what you’ve just done in the last few hours. You saved a four-year-old’s life.”
Literally anyone can join him in being a part of the process. You can visit the SACH website to donate, but he told us that it’s equally valuable to volunteer. “They need people to help out,” he explained. “These children, if they’re really young they come with their mothers or fathers or aunt or something like that. If they’re over a certain age, they come on their own to Israel and I’m sure it can be a scary experience.
“But they’ve got this wonderful facility they’ve opened up where these kids are kept and they’ve got people to help them and all their meals are made there…We’ve got volunteers from all around the world who go there, work there and it’s just a really meaningful way for young people to spend their time. It’s one of those things where you go, do I have the time to do that? Then you do it and it becomes the most meaningful time of the year for you. You walk away from it so glad you did it.”
David also gave us an update on his current series Sneaky Pete, which he co-created with Bryan Cranston for Amazon. Starring Giovanni Ribisi and Marin Ireland, the pilot is available now and its first season is expected to debut next summer. “I’m really excited about it,” he said. “I think it’s going to be really fun and really cool. It’s great to be on Amazon, where you can tell more serialized stories, you can do a little more. The whole TV world is becoming the wild, wild west in a great way, where storytelling is just opening up.”
For more on Save A Child’s Heart, including how you can help, visit the organization’s website.