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Ben

Ben Michael Teach

Thomas A. Teach, Owner/CEO

MY STORY:

On February 20, 2015 our world changed forever when our family lost Ben Michael Teach after his sixteen-month battle with leukemia. October 22, 2013, Ben was diagnosed with leukemia, he had the normal strain that children are diagnosed with, ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) and also AML ( Acute Myelogenous Leukemia) which normally strikes after the age of 40. To have both at the age of three is extremely rare, so Ben’s chances of survival were very slim. On April 11, 2014, Ben received a bone marrow transplant that was facilitated by BE THE MATCH organization. Ben recovered well and was in remission for five wonderful months. Almost a year to the date of his initial diagnosis, October 15, 2014, Ben’s leukemia returned. Further chemotherapy treatments proved unsuccessful as his leukemia turned chemo resistant. On Friday, February 13, Ben came home and his little body lost its battle a few days later.

After enduring this difficult loss, it compelled us to help others by supporting BE THE MATCH. Currently as a Board Member, we strive each day to bring awareness to BE THE MATCH, an organization that helps patients receive the care and treatments they need through the Patience Assistance Program, affording a transplant, finding a matching marrow donor and continuing cutting edge transplant research. If you too feel moved to become involved, please visit   BeTheMatch.org. and learn how you can help give someone a second chance at life.

Each year we support the Indiana Toys For Tots during the holidays by filling boxes with toys. These gifts are distributed to families in the community who are in need. Another mission we hold dear to our hearts.

We are proud to donate to the Special Olympics of Indiana. Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport. They are the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities, with more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries.

Raising Hope in Memory of Ben

In April 2014, Tom Teach was overjoyed when his 4-year old grandson Ben received a bone marrow transplant facilitated by Be The Match. For nearly six beautiful months after, Ben laughed and smiled as a cancer-free little boy. But when Ben’s leukemia returned in October, nothing could be done. Tom and his family said goodbye to their sweet boy in February 2015.

Today, Tom is a passionate champion of Be The Match. In addition to helping acquire key sponsorships for the Be The Match Walk+Run event and organizing successful registry drives with the Navy, Tom has been a tireless fundraiser. Participating as “Team Ben” in Chicago’s Be the Match Walk+Run (pictured above), his team raised nearly $44,000, with more than $7,000 of that sum brought in single-handedly by Tom, in loving memory of his grandson.