Ryan Lascelles' life changed drastically just more than two years ago. The now 23-year-old was diagnosed with precursor T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma – an aggressive form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma – after lesions appeared on his head.
Lascelles' physician acted quickly and the Little Silver resident began treatment almost immediately at The Valerie Fund Children's Center at The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, as pediatric treatment protocol seemed to have the highest success rate for this type of cancer. The Valerie Fund Center provides comprehensive medical services to infants, children, adolescents and young adults with leukemia and other cancers and blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia, thalassemia and thrombocytopenia.
For nearly two years, Lascelles visited The Valerie Fund Center where he received chemotherapy treatments.
Lascelles' journey will be featured as part of Teen Cancer America's Road Rebellion. Produced by cancer survivor Hernan Barangan, the Road Rebellion tour films the stories of young cancer patients, with the goal of changing the face of U.S. health care for teenagers and young adults with cancer by encouraging age-targeted care. Across the country, these patients are treated in the same units as small children or the elderly.
"The Valerie Fund has an all-ages room with video games and books where you could spend time relaxing, but I did feel a little out of place because I was the oldest one there," said Lascelles, who has been in remission for a year and received his final treatment in August. "Now, I can focus on going back to school and working on myself rather than working to get better."
Teen Cancer America's mission is to build specialist facilities and train teams of experts who understand how to best support teens and young adults and treat the rare cancers that affect them. To date, Road Rebellion has filmed teenage cancer fighters in 31 states, covered more than 10,043 miles and gathered 14.2 terabytes of footage.
To learn more about Teen Cancer America's Road Rebellion, visit www.teencanceramerica.org/hernans-road-rebellion. To learn more about The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, visit
PHOTO 1: Ryan Lascelles, cancer survivor and former patient of The Valerie Fund Children's Center at The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center
PHOTO 2: Hernan Barangan, cancer survivor and producer of Teen Cancer America's Road Rebellion
About Monmouth Medical Center
Located in Long Branch, N.J., Monmouth Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, along with The Unterberg Children's Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, is one of New Jersey's largest teaching hospitals and has been an affiliate of Philadelphia's Drexel University College of Medicine for more than 40 years. From its earliest days, Monmouth Medical Center has been a leader in surgical advancement and has introduced many technological firsts to the region, including robotic surgery and other minimally invasive techniques. The hospital is routinely recognized by HealthGrades, the nation's largest premier independent health care quality company, for excellence in both emergency medicine and maternity care. U.S. News & World Reporthas recognized Monmouth as a regional leader in cancer, geriatrics, gynecology, neurology and neurosurgery. For more information on Monmouth Medical Center, visit www.barnabashealth.org/monmouth.