Teen Who Ran Away from Home 20 Years Ago to Avoid Chemo is Still Cancer Free

Two decades ago, Billy Best made national headlines as the Norwell teenager who ran away from home to avoid chemotherapy.

Now he’s telling the story of his life after that episode, in a self-published memoir available online.

“The Billy Best Story: Beating Cancer With Alternative Medicine” is  available through Amazon.com, published by Sandcastle Memoirs.

Best, now 34, fled in 1994 after he began chemo treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Headed for California, he stayed in Houston with skateboard friends. Within weeks he learned that his flight had become a media sensation.

He came home, found alternative treatment from Canada, and graduated from Silver Lake Regional High. He mostly stayed out of the spotlight until he supported a Minnesota boy who had Hodgkin’s lymphoma.