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14-year-old boy is raising $1 million to save his sister

Odette Odendaal
Dec 28, 2018
10:40 P.M.

A 16-year-old girl’s younger brother joined the effort in trying to save his sister’s life by raising money for her treatment.

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The Benson family, from Austin, Texas, have been supporting their daughter in her fight against a rare disease for the past ten years. Christiane suffers from Batten disease, and after years of raising awareness and trying to find a treatment, they finally have.

The possible treatment is costly, and the family is on a mission to raise $6 million along with the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation they founded, by the end of 2018. Charlotte, Christiane’s mum, said:

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“We’re literally playing the clock for our daughter’s life. She’s 16, and the life expectancy is late teens, early 20s.”

Garland Benson, Christiane’s 13-year-old brother, decided to help and aim to raise $1 million himself. They share a tight bond, and to him, it's nothing extraordinary as he commented:

“Me and my sister are very close, and I felt if she were in my situation she’d probably do the same thing.”

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In aid of his efforts, Garland put up flyers in stores and around town, he also set up a lemonade stand.

Word of Garland and his lemonade stand spread through social media after joining up with UT quarterback Sam Ehlinger, which brought a lot of attention to the situation with a social media campaign.

Happy to assist in the family’s efforts to help their daughter, his down to earth approach was evident as he said:

“To have leverage just because of what I do is truly special and I’d be wasting it if I wasn’t giving back.”

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The youngster has raised an incredible $600.000 so far, and his campaign in getting 100,000 people to donate $10 each, to reach his goal is ongoing.

If you want to help, you can donate $10 by texting the word ‘Hero’ to 501501. You can also visit the website beahero.beyondbatten.org.

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Young Garland’s lemonade stand is not the only one that helped with the raising of much-needed money. Six-year-old Malachi had the same idea when he felt it his civic duty to help raise money for officers’ families who recently died in service.

Malachi raised $2,000 for Southport Lt. Aaron Allan after he got killed in July 2017 while responding to a car crash. The second family he raised money for was for Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett’s after he got killed while in pursuit of a fleeing suspect in March 2018 and managed to raise $8,000 in their aid.

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The actions of even a six-year-old can make all the difference in the world, and in the spirit of the holiday season, the story of Brandon Noblitt has to be shared.

On a Saturday in 2016 Brandon still played baseball with his dad, Brain. A week later his health deteriorated so quickly that he couldn't walk.

Brandon got diagnosed with a rare spinal cord disease called Acute Flaccid Myelitis. Young Brandon received a first of its kind groundbreaking surgery where a nerve transfer got performed by Dr. Amy Moore.

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Now in 2018, Brandon is eight years old and able to walk and play with his friends again. A happy ending for the Boblitt family.

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