The last year was the most trying one in Heritage Hall senior Ford Price’s life. Diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma cancer last spring, it was a constant battle for Price.
It was one he fought head-on. And it was one he didn’t have to fight alone. To go with his family, Price had support from some words and a "band of brothers.”
Price is a member of a poetry club started two years ago by Oklahoma City attorney and former Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Turpen.
It features Bishop McGuinness seniors Ryan Randolph, Niki Bray, John Vater and Patrick Turpen as well as Heritage Hall seniors Price, David Price (his cousin) and Turner Petersen. Anchoring the group is Oklahoma senior and McGuinness graduate John Randolph.
"I thought it was kind of like a joke at first,” Ford Price said. "But Mike Turpen got us all really excited and pumped up about it. It’s been fantastic.”
The group started with the poem "If” by Rudyard Kipling. From there, the group also discussed and recited "Stopping by Woods on a Stormy Evening” by Robert Frost, "In the Arena” by Theodore Roosevelt and "Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
The words of "If” became more than just a poem and gave strength to Price during his chemotherapy treatments.
"It helped a ton to have all that support,” Price said.
"Ryan (Randolph) and his mom made signs with lines from "If” and had them in my room. It was real inspirational.”
Price beat his battle with cancer in December, and Heritage Hall dedicated its championship football season to him.
The club lives on, meeting at the Turpen house and reciting and discussing the poems.