Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Ben's Story

Age 14

Children's Hospital of Richmond


Ben and his mom spent weeks planning his 10th birthday. Invitations were sent, entertainment was booked, and Ben’s friends were excited to attend. But the day before the festivities, Ben was taken to the hospital with abdominal pain and a sore throat. Unfortunately, his birthday surprise was a diagnosis of T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. White blood cells were invading his body including his lungs, spleen and around his heart. Ben began chemotherapy immediately.

Similar to any child undergoing chemotherapy, Ben had his ups and downs during treatment. He faced several rare side effects and allergic reactions to his drugs, but he overcame each challenge with the help of the talented doctors and oncology team at Children's Hospital of Richmond.

After 25 months of treatment, Ben completed treatment.

Today, you will find 13-year-old Ben in the spotlight. He loves to perform and entertain those around him, determined to leave the world a better, happier place.

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