On Monday, November 21, 2016 at the HBO Screening Room in NYC, there was a powerful screening and talk back for the documentary entitled Until 20.
Until 20 is a powerful documentary about the pursuit of a good life. It tells the inspirational true story of James Arthur Ragan - a pediatric cancer patient and a promising NCAA Division One golfer who dedicated his life to trying to save the life of the next kid with cancer before his time ran out.
Imagine that at the age of 13 you are diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare and deadly cancer. That was James Ragan’s reality. Instead of retreating into his illness, James chose to live his life with purpose.
He created the Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation to fund research that improves the treatment and survivability of pediatric cancer. Close to 200,000 children are diagnosed with pediatric cancer each year. While cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children under the age of 15, childhood cancer research remains consistently underfunded. James wanted this terrible disease to stop with him. James met Geraldine Moriba, a fellow cancer patient and award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker, through the hospital where they we were both treated. Geraldine also had sarcoma, but has survived the disease and committed herself to raising awareness about rare cancers. The result is Until 20. Told in James’ voice, Until 20 is ultimately about how to face fear and find the courage to love and live deeply.
The film is co-directed and co-produced by Geraldine and Jamila Paksima, this documentary beautifully chronicles how this extraordinary teen, supported by his amazing family, turned devastating odds into a personal mission to live an audaciously good life. James’ story will encourage you to make the most of every day.