DOB: May 23rd, 1964
DOI: 1998, 2004, 2021
Injury: Brain and Kidney Cancer
Ben graduated high school in Garland, TX in 1983. He followed his older brother’s footsteps and became a Navy SEAL as part of SEAL Team 3. Ben has lived nothing short of a crazy life - having been kidnapped in the Philippines, shot in Panama, and struck by lightning twice, amongst other things.
In 1998, at the age of 34, Ben was diagnosed with brain cancer and underwent surgery to remove a mass behind his right eye, along with undergoing radiation and chemotherapy. In 2006, after a grand mal seizure his doctor found another brain tumor. He underwent another brain surgery and he was back on chemo - taking oral pills for two years. Most recently, in September 2020, tumors were discovered in his body and he was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney cancer. Between radiation, immunotherapy and a miracle, a scan in June of 2021 revealed there is no evidence of cancer.
Now, Ben - nicknamed Scoop from the ice cream scoop sized mass taken out of his head - is ready to take full advantage of the life he’s been given. He wants to gain back muscle mass and strength and get back to a consistent routine again. Beyond the nine weeks, he plans on staying very involved in ATF and spending time traveling to see his two kids with his wife.