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MasterChef Junior fan-favorite Ben Watkins is facing yet another individual catastrophe just 3 years after losing both of his parents.
The 13-year- old chef, who appeared on season 6 of the FOX culinary competition, was just recently diagnosed with an uncommon tumor. According to a GoFundMe begun by his grandma and uncle, Ben is being dealt with for angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma, a soft tissue tumor that normally happens in children and young grownups. Ben’s liked ones state he is one of six people in the world to get such an uncommon medical diagnosis.
In 2017, Ben’s mother and father, Leila Edwards and Mike Watkins, died in a murder- suicide. A Chicago Tribune story on their deaths stated community members had actually rallied around Ben to develop a trust fund for hisfuture Almost $30,000 has actually given that been raised under the #Love 4Ben campaign, which number is just anticipated to increase as he gets assistance for his medical treatment.
“Despite all of Ben’s trials and tribulations,” the GoFundMe specified, “he remains favorable and looks forward to getting back in the cooking area and pursuing his dream to end up being an engineer. Members of the community have actually collaborated to see that the life challenges that Ben has actually gone through [do] not thwart him from reaching his full possible and satisfying his dreams.”
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Prior to his parents’ deaths, Ben frequently worked together with his father in the barbecue restaurant he owned in Gary, Ind. It was this early intro to the cooking world that influenced Ben’s love for spending quality time in the cooking area.
At just 11- years-old, Ben contended on MasterChef Junior, where he put in the top 18.
He is currently going through treatment at the Lurie Children’s Health center of Chicago.