Heritage Hall's Ford Price III: His positive attitude carries him through cancer fight

BY ROBERT PRZYBYLO Modified: December 3, 2008 at 11:02 am •  Published: December 3, 2008

photo - Heritage Hall’s Ford Price had surgery to remove Ewing’s sarcoma.  Photo by sarah Phipps, the oklahoman
Heritage Hall’s Ford Price had surgery to remove Ewing’s sarcoma. Photo by sarah Phipps, the oklahoman

/> McGuinness and Casady joined Heritage Hall in doing whatever they could for Price. The three private schools would make "love buckets” that Price’s aunt would deliver to him.

The buckets were filled by students with various items, ranging from personal messages to candy to a Bible.

Football players from all three schools wore arm bands with Price’s jersey number (43) all season. The demand became so high, more bands were ordered.

McGuinness players are wearing gold bands during the playoffs.

"It’s been humbling,” Price’s mother, Sherri, said. "The support has helped us get through everything.”

His relationships with Petersen and Randolph have not changed. Price tries to make as many Heritage Hall and McGuinness games as possible.

"It was so hard to hear at first, but now it drives me. You don’t feel sorry for yourself. You see him fighting, and you know you can’t take things for granted,” said Randolph, who has known Price since they were 3 years old.

Treatment for Price has gone extremely well. He has one more round of chemotherapy to go, and he’s starting to become himself again.

Even when he’s down, his teammates can bring him back up. Price was unable to attend Heritage Hall’s victory over Kingfisher. By 11 p.m. on the same night, the team had brought the DVD to his hospital room.

"I’ve never seen a kid like Ford,” coach Andy Bogert said. "We love it when he’s out there with us. It’s like we have an angel on our side.”

Price has remained upbeat throughout and said being diagnosed as senior was a blessing in disguise.

"As a freshman, I don’t know if I would have been able to go through it all. But with all my friends now, I wasn’t worried.

"It’s made me stronger spiritually, and I’m learning to understand everything better.”



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