Ben Huebsch – 2023 Recipient

Ben is an active and social 16 year old from Richland Center, Wisconsin. He is a three sport athlete and loves hunting, fishing, and everything outdoors. Ben also enjoys a variety of music and is a member of his high school band and choir.

In December of 2021, Ben was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma, a rare and aggressive type of cancer. This diagnosis brought the entire family to their knees, but as often happens in small communities, the entire town rallied around Ben and the Huebsch family. Ben completed six months of grueling chemotherapy followed by CAR-T Therapy. At that time, everyone believed that the cancer had been destroyed.

In November of 2022, the Huebsch’s were devastated to learn the Burkitts had returned. On the advice of Ben’s medical team at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin Ben was enrolled in a clinical trial only offered in Valhalla, New York. There, he is under the careful supervision of the most renowned physician of his type of lymphoma. Ben is the first pediatric patient to receive this treatment in North America. Currently, Ben is traveling every other week to New York for treatment. Ben continues to inspire those around him with his resiliency, strength, and faith.

Ben is the youngest of three boys. His older brothers, Jacob and Aaron, are both avid outdoorsmen, as is Ben’s father, Mick. The Huebsch family resides in rural Richland county where Ben takes an active role in the daily operations of the farm. This hunt is an opportunity of a lifetime for Ben. It will be an opportunity to forget about the disease that has consumed his life and just be a kid doing something he loves.

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