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. He is the founder of The Blue Ribbon Foundation.

Ryan is a Cross-Platform Associate Producer at CNN.[1]

Illness onset leads to advocacy[edit | edit source]

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[2] 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 then-girlfriend, Nicole Castillo, co-directed.[3]

Prior also founded the 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.[4]

Production credits on ME/CFS[edit | edit source]

Awards[edit | edit source]

Nominations[edit | edit source]

  • 2017, Eagle Rare Rare Life Honor[9] *Won Leadership category and $5K Award*

Talks and interviews[edit | edit source]

Media exposure[edit | edit source]

Online presence[edit | edit source]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Prior, Ryan. "Ryan Prior - Journalist at CNN/Co-Director of "Forgotten Plague"". LinkedIn.
  2. Prior, Ryan (October 2, 2012). "Viewpoint: The real story of chronic fatigue syndrome". USA TODAY College. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  3. "Fundraise". Forgotten Plague. October 5, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  4. "Fellowship Details". The Blue Ribbon Foundation. December 9, 2013. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  5. CNN, Ryan Prior. "Indie pop sensation's disease became his muse". CNN. Retrieved October 9, 2018.
  6. "Speaker Profile: Ryan Prior". medicinex.stanford.edu. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  7. "ProHealth's 2014 Advocate of the Year – Ryan Prior - Prohealth". Prohealth. April 5, 2015. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  8. "Ruth Libby 2017 Grand Prize Winner for Rare Life Award". MarketWatch. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  9. "Ryan Prior | Eagle Rare Life". eaglerarelife.com. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  10. Bohannon, Jim. "ME/CFS on Nationally Syndicated "Jim Bohannon Show"". Soundcloud. Retrieved August 8, 2018.
  11. King, Llewellyn (March 23, 2014). "MECFS Alert Episode 58: Ryan Prior and the Blue Ribbon Foundation". YouTube. ME/CFS Alert. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  12. King, Llewellyn (March 12, 2014). "MECFS Alert Episode 57: Patient Perspectives - Ryan Prior and the Blue Ribbon Fellowship". YouTube. ME/CFS Alert. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  13. Gael O'Regan, Cara (October 21, 2016). "36 ME/CFS & POTS w Ryan Prior". Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  14. X, Christopher (October 11, 2016). "With Ryan Prior". YouTube.
  15. King, Llewellyn (June 17, 2013). "A Young Man, a Big Disease and a Big Idea". White House Chronicle.
  16. Prior, Ryan. "Millions suffer from an invisible disease: My ME/CFS story". CNN. Retrieved August 10, 2018.