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Ben R.

Ben R.

Ben is a Buckeye super fan! When you see him, he is always wearing something Ohio State. He’s currently taking advanced classes in the 7th grade and active on the student council. He also loves to swim and ride his 4 wheeler!

Siblings Name and Birthdays: Megan and Lauren

Parents Names: Emilie and Craig

"Ben and I bonded over our love for Ohio State and Ohio State football! We spent a great deal of time talking about JT Barrett and how there will one day be a ‘JT Barrett Grand Ballroom’. I can’t wait to spend more time with Ben and his family at the dance marathon!" - Lauren, BuckeyeThon Fashion Show Model

Samuel's Favorite Things:

Favorite Color: Red

Favorite Subject: Math

Favorite Candy: Kit-Kat

Favorite Sport: Football

Favorite Superhero: Batman 

What she wants to be when she grows up: A sports medicine physician or cardiologist

Ben's Congenital Heart Defect Journey:

Ben was born with congenital heart disease d-TGA. He was on ECMO after his first open heart surgery for 15 hours. He has now had two open heart surgeries and has a donor aorta. Ben started in BuckeyeThon from 2009-2015 and we’re excited to be welcoming him back this year!