A Surprise Package for Ben from New York’s Finest !!

A few days ago, Ben received a surprise package from the 20th Precinct of the New York Police Department. According to his dad, Ben literally was speechless!   He tore into the box and found inside the package an official NYPD hat, an authentic NYPD hooded sweatshirt, a NYPD baseball, and NYPD stickers.

NYPD gifts


There also was a handwritten note from Police Lieutenant Noreen Lazarus!  She is the officer who gave Ben one of her dress blue shirts last month when Ben visited the Precinct. That day last month was one of the most exciting and memorable in Ben’s life.  Officers from the 20th Precinct treated families staying at the New York Ronald McDonald House to a boat trip on the Hudson River and then cooked dinner for them.  You can read more about that day here.

The Shirt
Ben in the shirt given to him in June by Lt. Lazarus

We are honored and humbled that a member of the NYPD would take such an interest in our little Brave Ben here in Georgia and would send him a letter and a box full of gear.  I echo the words of Ben’s dad in saying to the NYPD, and especially the 20th Precinct and Lt. Noreen Lazarus, THANK YOU for taking an active part in the life of a little boy who idolizes each of you!

20th Precinct

#BenStrong   #Soli Deo Gloria

Home with his most prized possession

Brave Ben came home from New York a little over two weeks ago, bringing with him an item that now is his most prized possession.  We saw it for the first time when he and his parents came to visit this past weekend to celebrate his mom’s birthday…

After receiving his clean bill of health from Dr. Berenstein in New York, Ben had a couple of days to celebrate before flying back home.  His family joined other families staying at the Ronald McDonald House for a bus tour of New York City.  And he visited the Sweet Shop where he could indulge his sweet tooth…

The Sweet Shop


But the excursion that had him more excited than Christmas and his birthday put together was an outing sponsored by the New York City Police Department, specifically the 20th Precinct.  Ronald McDonald families were treated to a boat trip on the Hudson River and were taken back to the precinct where the NYPD cooked dinner for them and let the children sit behind the police desk and on police motorcycles and horses and dress in protective gear.


Behind the police desk


Our little guy posed with Chief Murtagh and was even featured in the 20th Precinct’s Twitter post on June 10.

Posing with the Police Chief

20th Precinct Twitter feed

20th Precinct Twitter feed 2

Ben was in seventh heaven, and it was here that he was given his most prized possession.  One of the female officers from the 20th gave him one of her NYPD shirts!  Here he is wearing the shirt back at the Ronald McDonald House…

The Shirt

(He was so excited to receive this gift that he even wore it to church this past Sunday!)

Back at home in Georgia a day after the excursion, Ben found several welcome messages from his sweet neighbor…

Our little trooper is glad that he doesn’t have to return to the hospital in New York, but he’s going to miss the Ronald McDonald House and all of the wonderful people there…

He's going to miss the Ronald McDonald house

#BenStrong   #Soli Deo Gloria

Sightseeing in New York

After Ben was released from the hospital last Sunday morning, he and his mom and dad got to do a little sightseeing in New York City.  Here are a few photos from their time together:

10245535_10203363515264848_6651384526316710107_n  Ben and his dad with Mickey Mouse in front of the Disney store in Times Square


10296907_10203363524905089_9139706565144520129_n At the waterfront along the Hudson River


10419024_10203363553745810_6574802191019429465_n  In front of the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island


10377361_10203363649428202_3006616099003685720_n  Happy parents, knowing that their little guy is going to be alright!


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Heading Home

Woo hoo!  Happy, happy, joy, joy!  Ben was released from Mount Sinai St. Luke Roosevelt Hospital in New York yesterday (Sunday) morning after two brain surgeries within a week!

This is the final photo taken of him, with his mom, before he was released:


The family returned to the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan where they are staying for two nights before returning home to Georgia.

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Since his release from hospital, Ben has visited Times Square and the Hudson River waterfront at Hell’s Kitchen (sounds like a lovely place, doesn’t it?) where the USS Intrepid is docked and has taken the ferry to Liberty Island to see the Statue of Liberty.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), he and his parents are flying back to Atlanta and should be back in their Northwest Georgia home by suppertime.  We can hardly wait to see this smiling face again!


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