Ryan McGarry Honored for Inspiring ‘Hope’
Ryan McGarry has done a lot over the last decade. Since graduating from Penn State, McGarry ’05 has become a physician, directed the critically acclaimed documentary Code Black, and became an executive producer for CBS’ television adaptation of the film. In addition to all of that, McGarry – who we featured in our July/August 2014 issue – is a cancer survivor, having battled a rare type of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma while he was a student.
As someone who has “taken significant steps to raise awareness and has been personally impacted by childhood cancer,” McGarry will be the first-ever recipient of the Leah Still Award for Courage at The Hope Gala in March of 2016. The award is named after the daughter of former Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still ’11 who has battled cancer for more than a year.
“Surviving cancer has impacted my life in many ways, including my decision to pursue a medical degree, and my desire to support those who have also been affected by the disease,” McGarry said through a release.
Bill DiFilippo, online editor