15 Jan 2020
MEN2B and Me: Ethan (his own words) Film Shortlisted for Award
Ethan Holliman was diagnosed with MEN2B at the age of 12 by which time the medullary thyroid cancer (MTC) that is a part of the syndrome had already spread beyond his thyroid gland. MEN2B is best diagnosed within the first year of life, at which time there is a greater chance of surgical cure for the MTC which arises in early childhood.
Since his diagnosis, Ethan has been through extensive surgery, as is affected by other aspects of the condition. Together with his family, however, he has been determined to raise awareness of the impact of MEN2B and of the need for early diagnosis. The Holliman’s were therefore keen to be involved in our 2019 project to produce 3 patient experience films.
In fact, 4 films were produced. MEN2B and Me: Ethan (his own words) was an additional short film produced by the fantastic Red Goat Productions, because Ethan’s input was so profoundly moving. In 2019, we entered the film into the Charity Film Awards and in January 2020, we heard that the film had been shortlisted to go forward to the next stage: the judges.
We are keeping it all crossed for Ethan!
Thanks must go to the Holliman’s, to Red Goat Productions, and to everyone who voted for the film during the first stage of the Awards.