Gone too quickly. Ben Watkins, who appeared on season 6 of MasterChef Junior in 2018, died on Monday, November 16, after fighting cancer. He was 14 years previous.
“Our Ben went dwelling to be along with his mom Monday afternoon after a year-and-a-half-long battle with most cancers,” Ben’s grandmother Donna Edwards and uncle Anthony Edwards shared in a press release on Tuesday, November 17, on Watkins’ GoFundMe page. “After shedding each of his dad and mom in September 2017, we’ve got marveled at Ben’s energy, braveness and love for all times. He by no means, ever complained. Ben was and can all the time be the strongest individuals we all know.”
In July, the GoFundMe web page went reside revealing that Watkins had been identified with a uncommon comfortable tissue tumor three years after the deaths of his dad and mom, Mike Watkins and Leila Edwards. On the time, his household shared that shortly after his thirteenth birthday, Ben was identified with angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma and was solely one in all six folks on the planet with the situation. He underwent therapy at Lurie Kids’s Hospital of Chicago and commenced chemotherapy on July 30.
“When Ben’s uncommon sickness was shared with the world, he was so heartened by the outpouring of affection he obtained from each nook of the globe — particularly right here in his hometown of Gary, Indiana,” the household continued in a press release on Tuesday. “We can’t thank this neighborhood sufficient for holding our household up in prayer and for all that you simply’ve carried out. Ben suffered greater than his share in fourteen years on this Earth however we take solace in that his struggling is lastly over and in that, ultimately, Ben knew he was cherished by so many.”
The GoFundMe #Love4Ben marketing campaign started in 2017 after Ben’s dad and mom died in a murder-suicide. Mike, 46, reportedly fatally shot Leila, 43, earlier than taking his personal life. After Ben’s episodes of MasterChef Junior aired in early 2018, his household was in a position to create a belief fund of almost $30,000.
The GoFundMe account has now raised greater than $190,000.