Ryan Kennington was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his right hip in September 2014 at the age of 17 years old going into his senior year of high school. On January 6th, 2015 he had a LSS (limb salvage surgery) at Penn Medicine that removed his tumor and saved his leg. He finished treatment in July 2015. In April 2016 he had surgery to remove a single metastatic nodule in his lung. He has been NED (no evidence of disease) since then for over 4 years.
Ryan just graduated from the University of Delaware with a degree in biological sciences with a concentration in cellular and molecular biology. The past two summers, Ryan interned in the Schiffman lab at the University of Utah researching the TP53 gene in elephants to find a cure for osteosarcoma and plans on working there for a couple years before going to medical school. However, COVID19 has put a temporary hold on those plans.
Ryan’s favorite quote as texted to his friend who was about to undergo a surgery for his 2nd cancer "Life has no smooth road for any us. As we go down it, we need to remember that happiness is a talent we develop, not an object we seek. It's the ability to bounce back from life's inevitable setbacks. Some people are crushed by misfortune. Others grow because of it." --Patricia Neal