Lightning honor community heroes
Fox 13 (Tampa) | October 25, 2011 | By Tanya Arja
TAMPA – As a 16-year-old junior at King High School, nothing gets in Ben Carpenter’s way. Not his intense schedule of advanced placement classes in the International Baccalaureate program, and not the disease he lives with: spinal muscular atrophy
“It’s very easy to think I’m the only kid who can’t run, can’t walk, can’t play catch. But everything that’s ever gone on in my life, there’s always a positive to it,” he says.
Since middle school, Ben has helped others. He started a non-profit called Ben’s Mends, which takes old, tattered books, repairs them, and gives them to local groups.
His story caught the eye of the Lightning Foundation and their Community Heroes program. Each community hero gets $50,000 that they designate to a non profit.
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