On January 31, 2017, Ben was transported by ambulance to Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls. After seeing a team of doctors, Ben was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He had 95-percent leukemia cells in his bone marrow and 75-percent of the bad cells in his blood. Ben spent the next 24 days in the hospital fighting for his life.
After years of treatments and check-ups, on April 10, Ben rang the bell at Sanford Children’s Hospital with his parents Bryan and Carrie and older brother Jake, a moment that marked the end of his cancer treatment.