Bull Creek resident’s power of positivity on show in VisAbility short film

d493208 Harrison Fry. Picture: Jon Hewson
d493208 Harrison Fry. Picture: Jon Hewson

HARRISON Fry has endured a lot in his young life so far he believes the power of positivity has got him through it all.

The Bull Creek resident (22) had cancer develop in his left optic nerve when he was just nine years old, which required a marathon 15-hour de-bulking surgery.

The cancer spread during the former Willetton Senior High School student’s pre-teen and teenage years, but his will to live helped him overcome it.

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His journey has now been encapsulated in a new Visionaries film produced by VisAbility in collaboration with Barking Wolf, which aims to inspire people facing vision loss.

Mr Fry was shocked and worried when he was rushed to Princess Margaret Hospital for the operation.

“Before that, the left eye was distorted and fuzzy, once I had the operation that fuzziness had increased dramatically and it went black,” he said.

“I have a sliver of sight, there’s hints of colour.”

d493208 Harrison Fry. Picture: Jon Hewson

The cancer returned when he was 12 and spread into his brain and spine. He was told it was terminal.

Between rounds of chemotherapy, his family went on a trip to Legoland, Disneyland and Sea World in Los Angeles.

Harrison’s mother Ros said they wanted to get him well for the holiday.

“Five days into the eight-day experience, we went to SeaWorld and he loves dolphins and they loved him,” she said,

“He turned to me and said, ‘Mum, I want to live’.”

The cancer returned when he was 14 and so he went back on the same chemotherapy program, but he has been stable for the past seven years.

“I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for research my parents did on becoming positive and how that can help the body in the weirdest of ways,” he said. “I’m hoping people take away the positive thing that I was getting at; you can’t get along with life unless you keep some amount of positivity and that you never give up.”