Imagine you are 8 and you love sports (in Ben's case, skiing is one of those loves) and not only do you love sports, in Ben's case you love the idea and reality of being good. Now, imagine you have lost your eyesight and a lot of your muscle tone but you want to go skiing. You want to go so bad, but you know deep deep down something is wrong but your will and desire and determination is overriding what you fear and/or what you don't want to believe. On top of all that you know that your dad loves skiing too, and you know how much your dad loves it, so you push for it even harder. [...]
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Everyone's overwhelming love, prayers, generosity, support, and hopefulness, is so helping ease the pain of this unimaginable tragedy. We are grateful. Ben has had really good days the last 2 weeks considering the daily challenges he faces. Although his eyesight is almost gone and he is having trouble with his speech, he is keeping great spirits and his resolve is strong. He likes to start his mornings bright and early jumping on the trampoline and climbing the fireman pole up to the fort. (He still has the tone to do this and he likes to dominate the strength challenges.) He also likes to run in the street and ride his scooter before the morning traffic is on the roads...even though he can't really see. All this before 7:30am. Dad doesn't sleep as much as he used to.[...]
just a quick note to tell you all how grateful we feel to hear from you all! Thank you so much for taking time to share. We love it when pictures are shared even though our tear glands are tired. We are hanging in there and so appreciate the love and encouragement.[...]
Welcome to the Ben & the Anderson Family support family! This site is for family and friends, old and new, to organize our efforts to support this extraordinary person. This page will serve as your home base for rallying the troops, receiving updates , and raising dearly needed funds to support Ben & the Anderson Family. Here's the plan:
Your First Step: Please take 30 seconds to click on the "Follow" button on the top right of this page. This will allow you to receive updates, read journal entries, make donations, share Ben & the Anderson Family’s story on social media, and help the family with week-to-week calendaring needs. Though not mandatory to follow Ben & the Anderson Family’s page, we encourage you to easily create an account with your name and email in order to be able to post photos, leave comments and sign up as a helping hand on the Calendar page. Feel free to upload a photo of yourself to your profile so we can get to know and recognize others on Ben & the Anderson Family’s support team. After clicking “Follow” above, read on to learn more about what you can do to help.
Journal: This tab is where you can read the latest entries posted for Ben & the Anderson Family and our support team. You may see additional authors writing updates here to help alleviate pressure for Ben & the Anderson Family and expedite information sharing. Each post is followed by a photo and name of the author of the entry. You can reply with supportive comments to any journal entry, or click on the name of its author to send a private message.
Posts: This is where you can leave an encouraging message for Ben & the Anderson Family and family, and to read thoughts left by others! If you have something pressing you'd like suggest that everyone sees (e.g. a fundraiser or upcoming event you're spearheading), please don't hesitate to contact us via private message so we can consider sharing it more widely in the Journal sections. There will undoubtedly be many coordinated efforts and events ahead, and we want to make certain they’re organized and publicized through this site to help drive the greatest possible impact.
Calendar: Please see this important section to learn what the family needs NOW. This will be an especially helpful section for locals in close proximity to Ben & the Anderson Family. This is an up-to-date calendar which will list the family's immediate needs such as child-care, rides, and meals to help most in the short term. If you see a need posted and can fill it, please sign up through the calendar page directly (i.e. not through private communication) to let us and others know that you've committed to that need. Please check back often to help out with the most recently posted needs!
Donations: The very most impactful way to help Ben & the Anderson Family’s is to make a direct donation right now. After insurance participation, bills and related costs are expected to reach several thousand dollars. This fund will be used at the sole discretion of Ben & the Anderson Family and family to help manage all related expenses, and will give them the flexibility to take time off work as needed to directly support Ben & the Anderson Family’s. Donations can be made securely using credit or debit card for any amount. PostHope.org generously makes these donations free of any fees. All donations, large and small, come with the eternal gratitude. Thank you for your generosity in considering what amount you are personally able to give.
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