Grandson Ben celebrated his 12th birthday this week, and I was so glad I was able to make the trip last weekend to watch him play in a soccer match and to celebrate early with him.



Ben does not remember anything at all about his health problems as a young child. When he was only 3, he was diagnosed with an arteriovenous fistula (a vascular abnormality) in his brain. It was a life-threatening condition, and he had two brain surgeries at the age of 4 and another surgery the following year, all done by the world-renowned New York doctor, Dr. Alex Berenstein, who developed the procedure for repairing AV fistulas in children. Ben was declared cured and has grown into a fine young man who excels academically, plays sports, and volunteers in his community.

This Spring he chose to play soccer rather than baseball, and I was able to watch him play in one match at least. In the photos, he is the tall player, number 32, with the blue and hot-pink shoes…




It did rain during the match


The following night we went to see a professional soccer match between the Chattanooga Red Wolves and the Northern Colorado Hailstorms, which we all thoroughly enjoyed. I love soccer! Ben posed with the Red Wolves’ mascot…



This weekend, Ben celebrated again, this time with three friends who all went bowling and played laser tag and arcade games together.


Happy birthday, Ben!

As always, many thanks to everyone who has kept Ben in your thoughts and prayers.

#BenStrong #Soli Deo Gloria

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