Ryan Buell, the 30-year-old founder of the Paranormal Research Society (PRS) and star of Paranormal State, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Buell founded the PRS as a 19-year-old student at Penn State and since then, the organization has grown exponentially and gave way to his A&E series, Paranormal State—which kicked off a spate of ghost hunting shows and a spike in interest in the paranormal across the world.
A staff member of the PRS has been posting updates about Ryan’s health to his Facebook page. He was most recently in the hospital after attending the annual PRS spiritual retreat because “he wanted to be with his PRS family,” but “his kidney health deteriorated due to the strain.” An update posted yesterday said that Ryan had successfully undergone a medical procedure and was at home resting.
The Facebook poster has also encouraged Ryan’s fans to contribute to support networks and organizations trying to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, and was gracious about the outpouring of support Buell had received:
"You all also know that Ryan is the type of person that not only likes to keep things relatively private, but wants to make sure that others are taken care of first. Ryan has been honored and humbled by the support, but also wants to make sure that we all remember the struggle is not his alone. There are those who have struggled with this disease for years, those who are diagnosed every day and those within the support network surrounding them. Ryan knows he is loved and supported, and would want for that love and support to stretch beyond this community."
Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of cancer due to the fact that it’s often caught at a late stage. 95% of people diagnosed with it do not survive the next five years. It has also taken the lives of Steve Jobs and Patrick Swayze.
We hope Buell recovers quickly and completely.