Benjamin's Fundraising Page
2016... Where to start with this installment of Benjamin’s adventure with Boston Children’s Hospital?
In January, Dr. Hresko gave Benjamin the “all clear” to return to full activity with a few cautions after deeming his fractured back to be healed. Benjamin jumped right back into the pool and onto the soccer field. He continued on with verve in competing in the TOUGHKids Triathlon Series and managed to qualify himself for the national championship race in New York again – challenging his brother, Connor, the entire way!
Benjamin also continued to develop his special bond with Taylor, his Marathon runner from 2016. The two joined up with Kate Merrill of WBZ-TV in Boston to film a piece about the special connection they have. The segment aired repeatedly during WBZ’s coverage of Marathon Weekend. Benjamin traveled to watch Taylor play soccer for Wesleyan University, Taylor came to watch one of Benjamin’s local soccer games, and soon Benjamin will go to Wesleyan to visit Taylor at college.
To view the WBZ segment, copy and paste the link below:
Benjamin’s only break in action – no pun intended – came toward the end of his spring soccer season when he managed to break his ankle. After a couple trips back to the Orthopaedics doctors at Children’s in May, and a short stint in a walking boot, Benjamin hit the ground running. Thankfully Benjamin navigated the remainder of 2016 without any more trips to Children’s.
As 2016 drew to a close, Benjamin and Connor faced a challenge that no child should ever have to endure – the untimely death of a friend. On the cold, snowy morning of December 5th we received word that the boys’ friend, Gabby, had succumbed to the devastating effects of a ruptured brain aneurysm. Unable to comprehend what the family was going through, we struggled to find a way to support Gabby’s family. But how could we help? What about Donnie? He’s Gabby’s twin. Could this happen to Donnie? As the questions arose, we immediately thought of Children’s. And once again, Children’s came through.
With one simple e-mail, Children’s directed us to the Cerebrovascular Interventions and Surgery Center. They provided e-mail and phone numbers for immediate contact. They outlined the diagnostics they have available for checking Donnie. And just as they had for us in our times of need, they reiterated the fact that they are just a phone call away should Donnie’s parents need them.
So this year Benjamin has a deeply personal and outward focused motivation for his efforts to give back to Children’s. We have worked with the Children’s Hospital Trust to earmark all of the proceeds from Benjamin’s fundraising for the Cerebrovascular Interventions and Surgery Center. This is the Center that researches and treats the very condition that took the boys’ friend Gabby much too soon.
It is with heartfelt compassion that we ask you to donate this year – not for the sake of helping Benjamin say thanks for all he’s received from Children’s, but for those children that may benefit from the groundbreaking research that Children’s carries out in their quest to understand, diagnose, and treat the diseases that take our children from us.
In 2017, Benjamin does this all for Gabby.