In late October 2005 at the age of 8, Ben and his family had just returned from a vacation in Disney World when he began having pain in his right thigh. By January 2006, after many different tests, Ben was diagnosed with Pelvic Ewing's Sarcoma* in his right hip. He immediately began his first of 14 rounds of chemotherapy. In April 2006, Ben had his right hip removed and was placed in a body cast for three months. He then had months of physical therapy to learn how to walk again without a hip. He completed his chemotherapy treatments in November 2006. He has periodic scans and tests to check for any recurrence or secondary cancers, and has remained cancer-free. Ben is entering his teenage years, enjoys skateboarding, biking, basketball, video games, and hanging out with his friends.
* Pelvic Ewing's is a sub-type of Ewing's Sarcoma, and has a 50% survival rate. Ewing's Sarcoma is a highly aggressive and malignant form of pediatric bone cancer, which can be found in both bone and soft tissue. Ewing's is caused by a genetic accident, which occurs when two chromosomes transpose at the time of fetal development. The recurrence rate for Ewing's is 50%, and has no known cure for recurrence.