Sometimes it’s hard to believe that my little grandson, who at the age of 4 had two brain surgeries that saved his life, went from looking like this…


To looking like this today…


Ben is only 12 years old, but he is so tall that he towers over me…


He 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, plays percussion in his school’s concert band, and volunteers in his community.

I’ve been blessed to spend a lot of time with him lately. At a recent football game, his middle school concert band was invited to march on the football field with the high school marching band, and I made the trip over to see him on the field. (The middle schoolers all wore orange shirts.)



This past weekend, the concert band had their Christmas performance.


And then there was soccer. Ben’s team won runner-up in the regional tournament, and third place in the state championship. We sat in the cold rain this weekend to watch the state championship matches, and it was a challenge to keep my camera dry, but we had a wonderful time. (Ben is the tall player in the bright orange shoes.)







As always, we are so proud of this young man and so grateful to everyone who has kept Ben in your thoughts and prayers.

#BenStrong #Soli Deo Gloria

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