WHEN Ray Price was diagnosed with blood cancer he must have doubted his chances of earning a first class honours degree.
But, two years on, that’s exactly what the inspirational St Helens College photography student has achieved.
Ray, who received his diagnosis in the first year of his three-year degree, was so committed to his studies that he even arranged for his chemotherapy sessions to fit around his college work.
He said: “During the first year of the programme I faced one of the most difficult times of my life when I was diagnosed with blood cancer. The support I received from staff and my fellow students has been a real help.”
Ray, who is from St Helens, a former assistant manager at a Rover dealership, had previously studied A/S level photography before deciding to take the daunting step to further his studies at St Helens College.
And he was awarded a special gong by Alex Corless – the president of St Helens Rotary Club – for overcoming such difficult circumstances to achieve too.
Ray added: “I have enjoyed studying at St Helens College and being part of the BA (Hons) Photography programme has been fantastic. The course has been challenging at times but it has been a rewarding experience.
“I am delighted to have achieved a degree with first class honours and would like to thank the staff and my fellow students for all their support during my studies.”
Programme leader Keith Roberts said: “Ray’s story is truly inspirational and I am delighted that he has gained his first class honours degree.
“Despite being diagnosed with cancer during the first year of his studies, Ray has battled through, missing very few scheduled sessions and even organised his chemotherapy treatments around his group critiques.”