Almost a year and a half ago Ben, who was only 4 years old at the time, was given his chance of a lifetime to run for a touchdown with a high school football team. We were humbled and amazed at everything the team did for him, and Ben’s story appeared in newspapers, on television, and on websites worldwide.
Having undergone two surgeries for a vascular malformation in his brain, Ben would undergo one more after his football experience. His condition had been life threatening and as a result, our little guy never will be able to play American football.
It was in May, 2015 when Ben ran for the touchdown, and it was in August, 2015 that his story became more widely known. So imagine my surprise when one of my former students sent me this yesterday. Television channel 2 in Atlanta featured Ben’s story in their sports blog three days ago!
This is the link to the sports blog, and Ben’s story is about halfway down the page. http://www.wsbtv.com/sports/high-school-football/high-school-football-tonights-schedule-biggest-hit-youll-ever-see/442102680
The video featured is the one posted online in 2015 by MaxPreps (40 seconds)…
I have written a number of blog posts about Ben’s football experience. If you are a new follower and are interested in reading more, here are the posts.
A Whole Lot of Football Love about the football referees who love and support Ben
Ben’s Football Video: Going Viral?, posted after we became aware of the MaxPreps video that was online
Ben Is Getting National Media Attention about American news outlets picking up Ben’s story
A Television Interview With Our Little Trooper, posted after Chattanooga, Tennessee TV station Channel 9 interviewed Ben (click on the link to actually see the interview)
Some Great News For Our Little Celebrity, written after we became aware that Ben’s story was touching people around the world
Another Football Honor and Some Soccer Fun For Our Kind-Hearted Kindergartener about Ben’s being made an honorary team captain by the Murray County High School (Georgia) football team
It is amazing that after all of this time Ben’s story is once again making the rounds. Thanks to all who have told his story, to all who have stood by the family with prayers and support, and to all who read my blog and keep Ben in your thoughts and prayers.
#BenStrong #Soli Deo Gloria