Help Ben Walk

Raised: $4,953.00
Goal: $100,000.00

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David Farland

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Ben Wolverton, age 16, was in a tragic longboarding accident on April 3rd, 2013. He suffers from severe brain trauma, a cracked skull, broken pelvis and tail bone, burnt knees, bruised l... more


Updated posted by David Farland 3 months ago

Ben is home now and still recovering well from his accident. As many of his doctors have said, his recovery has been pretty miraculous.

Last month, Ben took a part-time job working at McDonalds. He has a pretty easy schedule as he returned to high school, but we worried that he wouldn't make it, and for a couple of weeks he wanted to drop out and start going online.

However, Ben dug in hard for the last month or so of school and managed to get a 4.0 GPA.

Ben recently decided that he would like to become an orthodonist, so he has set up a harder course of study beginning this next semester, with classes in biology and medical terminology.

We're still digging out from under mountains of medical bills, of course, and probably will be for years, so I want to thank you for your help.

Recently, we were able to get health insurance for the family, in hopes that we won't have this problem again.


Updated posted by David Farland 9 months ago

Ben is home in Saint George now, where he is going to physical therapy each day, working on improving his coordination and strength. He is also getting speech therapy, where he works on learning to speak more clearly and is doing "brain puzzles" and games to help build his cognitive skills. Thank you to all of those who help in his recovery.


Updated posted by David Farland 10 months ago

Ben has now been moved home, where he is working on physical therapy, speech therapy, and so on. We still have a long way to go until he is completely recovered, and the medical bills keep rolling in. We estimate right now that they are at about $1.3 million.

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Created by David Farland on May 1, 2013

Ben Wolverton, age 16, was in a tragic longboarding accident on April 3rd, 2013. He suffers from severe brain trauma, a cracked skull, broken pelvis and tail bone, burnt knees, bruised lungs, broken ear drums, road rash, and pneumonia. He was in a coma, but has recently awakened. His family has no insurance.

Ben's treatments are already over $1,000,0000.
Ben will need extensive therapy as he relearns how to walk.
Please consider donating money to his cause. Learn more at

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You can also help by purchasing the award-winning young adult fantasy thriller Nightingale by David Farland or the science fiction trilogy The Golden Queen by David Farland. Proceeds will be donated to Ben. The books are available on ( and Barnes and Noble (

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best wishes for a recovery

posted by Judith Hannah Shiel 5 months ago

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Recent Donations (95)

$4,953 raised by 95 people in 11 months.


Oleg Kazantsev

2 days ago



Katherine Montana

13 days ago


I'm sorry this isn't more. The medical bills are horrendous! I'll try to donate again. I'm so glad Ben is improving in such a (I, too, believe it is) miraculous manner. I pray his improvement continues. I'm certain it will.



Katarina Hayston

3 months ago


All the very best to Ben & your family.



Kennedy Brandt

3 months ago


Best wishes to Ben and the entire Wolverton family.



Dan Tong

3 months ago


Best wishes




3 months ago



Banuta Rubess

3 months ago


Dear David - your son's terrible accident and your stellar efforts to bring him back showed me how to reach out and find help when my husband was dying. I'm sorry I can't donate more.




3 months ago



Wiebke v.Oertzen-Haupt

3 months ago


I know this is only a tiny drop in view of the enormous sums you are dealing with- but then a lot of tiny drops make an ocean. All the best to Ben and all the family! Merry Christmas!



John Harper

4 months ago


Brought a book for the Book Bomb a while back but here is some more to help out. Not much I'm sorry but every bit helps.


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