I wanted to thank everyone who helped spread the message of the tragedies addiction can cause. Friends and family and even strangers joined in. Please continue to share the message and create awareness of this. It has been over a year since my brother has passed and as cliche as it is he is gone but never forgotten!
Today would have been the 28th birthday of my Brother Ben that was taken too soon. I will always remember his huge smile, I know he will help me through all challenges life throws my way no matter how difficult, and will help me do the right thing.
I love you and miss you Bro! R.I.P.
If you have any stories you would like to share please check out this website. Everyone has helped raise almost $14K and we are close to the goal.
Here is a posting from my wonderful Mom on Mother's day. The fund is at $12,580 and we are really close to our goal of $15,000 Thanks to everyone and a special Thank you to all the Mom's out there! Please share and continue to celebrate Ben on this difficult day for our family.
This is my first posting to this site as I don't "do" Facebook, but maybe I will start soon. On this Mother's Day, my heart is broken and it will be a very hard day, one of many firsts to come in the next year. I wish all the mothers a wonderful day!!
I want to tell all of you, our great family and friends, thank you for being by us at this very difficult time, yet allowing us to grieve in private. We received over 300 cards and the donations to this fund have been unbelievable. Our many thanks and gratitude, you are the best ever!!
Ben was a hard worker and would help anyone with anything. He will continue to do so with this fund. We are working with a local organization, Elevate, to bring awareness to our West Bend community about the struggles of addiction.
I always told Ben, God gave me him to teach me patience, well I am still learning as it is one of my many faults. Our lives must keep going on, Ben would not want it any other way. Not being a patient person, we will be moving "back" to Davenport in 3 to 4 weeks to begin the next chapter of our lives. Now seems to be the right time. Daniel will start college this fall at the U of Iowa (his dream college "“ go Hawkeyes!!), Katie will finish her college as well, while Ryan and Mandy will stay in Madison. It will be hard to leave many friends and things in Wisconsin, but will be refreshing to have family and new things to explore in Iowa.
I pray for everyone each day, especially the addicts in our world. I pray they find the strength and courage to conquer the demons of their addiction. We need to continue educating people more about addictions. Reach out to someone today you know who is struggling and support them in their efforts, it is a constant battle in their daily life.
Please share or like to help increase traffic! You all are awesome!
Happy Easter everyone! I just wanted to announce that there have been over 5,400 visits to Ben's memorial website and hopefully everyone continues to share the message that addiction can affect anyone no matter who you are or where you live. Together we have raised almost $12,000. Continue to share on Facebook and help raise awareness of the tough times people are facing today! We love you Ben and we will never forget the great times with you. We know you are watching over all of us!
We made our Goal! Keep it going...I am amazed but not surprised by all of the great things you have all done to help others struggling with addiction! Ben will forever be with his friends and family and let's all continue to keep positives flowing from this tragic event. There are no words to describe how proud I am of all my friends, family, and even the kindness of strangers. Something like this helps you realize no matter how long it has been since you have spoke to someone they are still there for you. Reach out to a friend you have not talked to in a while you would be surprised how it will feel "like yesterday".
Thanks again! and keep sharing this on Facebook you would be amazed how much that helps!
Everyones generosity has been amazing and I hope everyone is realizing what our communities are capable of! This is a testament to everyone and it is hard to make a difference with just one person but together we can spread awareness. We are so close to the original goal of $10,000 but lets ride the momentum and blow that goal out of the water!
Thanks again, stay strong, and continue to spread awareness!
Some people have different views on Scott Walker but today he is signing some important bills to help fight this epidemic! see below
All of us have come together to raise over $6000 (that is amazing!) and Erica Kubatzki shared this article from her town's paper. http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-749555
It affects so many people and we cannot run from it anymore. Help bring the awareness to your communities. My Aunt Patty put it best - do all we can to prevent someone else from losing "their Ben"!
You are all amazing the charity fund is up to over $5,500! Ben is proud and a special thanks to everyone who took time to find pictures, attend the services, and send some wonderful messages to friends and family! We love you all and keep spreading the word!
Services will be held on Tuesday 3-6pm and the final ceremony will be Wednesday 10 am followed by mass at 11 all held at Holy Angels Church in West Bend, WI. 138 N 8th Ave.
If you wish to send condolences please send them to:
Scott and Sue Van Camp
1215 Kilbourn Ave.
West Bend, WI 53095
The family is asking that if you would like to send sympathies, we ask to not send flowers. We would like any money spent to go towards the charity set up to try and help other families going through this. We are also encouraging all that wish to attend the services to wear bright colors and limit the black clothing to celebrate the good of Ben's life and the good that is going to come out of this.
Thank you so much everyone! Ben was a strong person and we are all going to miss him! Your donations are amazing and the most important thing isn't the money...share his story help those in need that are fighting addiction every day! If one person draws the courage to try and quit or one less family goes through what our family is going through it is a victory. Every person that can learn from this will help Ben and everyone else who struggles with addictions memories carry on!
It is with a heavy heart that I am telling everyone my younger brother Benjamin Van Camp passed away recently on March 27th. He was my closest sibling in age and I will always remember the hell we raised as little kids together.
I do not want his death to be in vain and would like to share his story. Ben like millions of people across the United States and all across the world suffer from addiction. An addiction so cruel he wouldn't wish it upon his worst enemy. I want people to be aware of the effects of heroin use on people's lives. This is becoming a daily problem with kids all over the suburbs, cities, and even out in the country. It has been a problem with major highways from well-off suburban neighborhoods nicknamed the "heroin highway" to the inner city. People make their own decisions in life but this is a mistake that can hook you for life after the first time trying this terrible drug. I mentioned to my wife, that finally there is some sort of awareness with the new billboards saying "you don't take heroin, heroin takes you". You cannot summarize it any better than that. Heroin took a brother, son, boyfriend, a friend, a co-worker, a cousin, a nephew and a great guy with a huge heart. Nothing can bring him back but I want everyone's help in bringing awareness to this very real and very tragic problem. If an addict is lucky enough to survive, through several heart to hearts with Ben, he told me it was always in the back of his mind. I cannot imagine living with a constant temptation like that. It is a constant struggle that no matter how much happiness is in the person's live at the time, tries to take over.
Ben was willing to help anyone with anything he could with no questions asked, but in the end he could not help himself. He is now in a better place where he does not have a new battle to fight every day. He is free to be the happy, caring, fun-loving, free spirit he has always been. The stubborn bastard (I can say that because he is my younger brother) won a lot of those battles with his addiction but in the end it was too much. Our family has gone through a lot with Ben and if his death can help just one other person or family then it is a victory. Nothing can bring him back, so please spread the awareness of this terrible drug.
He wanted to write a book about his roller coaster of a life in hopes of reaching and helping people stay on or get on the right path. He was taken too early for this to ever come to fruition. Some of the happiest moments I have seen him in the past years is when he started to work in the renewable energy fields, particularly for the install crews on wind projects. He was so proud of the hard work he put in and met so many great people through Blattner. Blattner has become family to me and they welcomed Ben in as well.
I want to close with one simple thought.
Do not ever take a conversation for granted with your loved ones you never know what might be your last.
My last time I spoke with my brother on the phone was two days ago to tell him the storage place called about his locker. A conversation I never knew meant so much at the time until now. I make it a habit to tell my family members "I love them" before hanging up and I am glad I did not forget to tell him that during that seemingly unimportant phone call at the time.
I started this memorial fundraiser to help people that have gone through the same struggle and help addiction and therapy research groups. Depending on the amount, I was debating donating it towards a couple disc golf holes for the area. Ben was always happy to go and throw his discs and I feel it gave him a momentary break from his struggles. I understand we all go through tragedy and not everyone can give donations, but every bit helps.
Please feel free to leave condolences, prayers, stories, or anything on this webpage in Ben's memory. Thank you everyone for all the prayers I feel we have the best group of family and friends in the world you all make times like this easier for everyone. We all did all we could to help him but God had better plans for my brother. This is a time to celebrate the good times with Ben because he would not want it any other way!
R.I.P. Little Bro We will never forget you!
If anyone has pictures with Ben our family would love them please contact me through this website or on Facebook.
how can words express the pain loved ones feel when they lose someone they love, like BEN. Addiction is so powerful-it takes these beautiful lives. I pray for all the family and God bless Ben--he is at bliss now.
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