From loss to a legacy of hope: A father makes a gift to advance addiction medicine

Esther Ting was a happy child who loved to read and travel to Japan with her father, George Ting. When she became a teenager, Esther encountered challenges that many her age face, but it was a phone call during her freshman year at college that made her father realize just how much she was struggling.

Despite the best efforts of her father and friends, Esther died of a drug overdose just short of her 19th birthday.

This excerpt from a moving short film by Medical Center Development highlights Ting’s journey from loss to healing and explains why he chose to establish the Esther Ting Memorial Professorship in Addiction Medicine at Stanford.

KEITH HUMPHREYS, who has more than 30 years of experience as an addiction researcher and clinician, is the inaugural holder of the professorship. Through his gift, Ting is furthering Humphrey’s work while honoring his daughter’s memory and helping to improve health outcomes for other families battling addiction. It’s something, Ting said, “that feels just right.”

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