WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – It’s been decades since Ryan Price was a child walking through the halls of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, but years after being given the clear from his cancer, he’s back.
At one, he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and given a 10 percent chance of survival, but by 10 years old, he was in full remission. Up until seven years ago, he was ready to put that part of his life behind him.
“I never wanted to think that I had something wrong with me, that I wasn’t normal because I was so little when all this happened,” Price said.
After the birth of his daughter, seven years ago, he decided to help pay it forward, becoming one of St. Jude’s adult patients.
Twice he’s been back to the hospital for three days of testing to see the long-term after effects of chemotherapy used on children.
“How can we tweak this and have less long-term effects on these patients and not only save them as children, but also we can tweak this therapy to make them have longer lives and less health issues because of the treatments.”
The time spent there often also means time spent with other parents.
“I ran into a mother and her son out there and being able to help with the research is one thing but having a mother at the hospital say look at my wrist and said you look awfully old to be a patient here and I say well, yeah I was 38 years ago,” but the conversation soon shifted gears. “”She goes, if you don’t mind, what kind of cancer did you have and I told her I had neuroblastoma. And her son was right there, probably about three, and he was there fighting neuroblastoma and it was just, that mom it gave her hope.”
Price says he will be returning to St. Jude to help continue in the research to help end childhood cancer and improve treatments.