Ryan Prior

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Ryan Prior is an advocate who wrote and co-directed the documentary, Forgotten Plague, based on his experiences as well as others living with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). The topics of science and politics of ME/CFS were also included.

Illness onset leads to advocacy[edit]

In 2006 Ryan Prior was a healthy, athletic high school student when he became ill with ME/CFS. After graduating college and becoming a journalist he wrote an article for USA Today: College Viewpoint: The real story of chronic fatigue syndrome and received so much feedback that he realized he needed to do more to report on the disease and produced a documentary: "A Film That Tells The Great Under-Reported Medical Story Of Our Time." His crowdfund raised $120,000 for Forgotten Plague. Prior and his wife, Nicole Castillo, co-directed.[1]

Prior also founded The Blue Ribbon Fellowship to educate students in the disease ME/CFS. Currently only 5% of medical schools have proper curricular, research and clinical standards of care for the disease.[2]


  • ProHealth's 2014 Advocate of the Year[4]


Talks and interviews[edit]

Media exposure[edit]

Online presence[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. Forgotten Plague Total Funds Raised:$120,000
  2. Fellowship Details
  3. ePatient Scholar; Executive Producer, The Blue Ribbon
  4. ProHealth's 2014 Advocate of the Year
  5. Eagle Rare - Rare Life Honor

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