This is my nephew Ben Livingston and his new wife (about 3 years) Kristin. Ben's story is a rocky one, with a sordid past and some real moments of tough breaks. But one day, he met Kristin. Kristin is the kind of girl who changes a man. She couldn't date him for weeks because she had made a personal commitment to God to work on herself for a year and not date anyone..... They waited. They talked on the phone. They waited some more.. and finally they were able to see each other when her commitment was fulfilled. God entered their relationship and it changed Ben. God had been working on him for a while and his love for Kristin was the icing on the cake. Together, once married, they decided to take a chance for a better future and ventured off to North Dakota to try and make a living and put back some money for a future. Ben and Kristin have been in North Dakota now for nearly 2 years and all was going well. They had even begun talking about having children. They had purchased a small starter home and Kristin decided to quit her job and try and get pregnant. But all of those plans have been temporarily disrupted. On the 4th of July, Ben fell from the back of a moving pick up truck and sustained a life threatening head injury. The only hospital equipped to handle this sort of thing is a 3 hour drive from their home. Kristin was able to fly in the plane from their local hospital to the Hospital in Bismark where he has been in the ICU after undergoing major brain surgery. Ben's brain has been swollen and has been bleeding since the accident. He has been kept in a medically induced coma that is slowly being weened off and they have begun to see some positive improvements. He has squeezed a finger a time or two, and gave them a thumbs up on the 8th of July. He has opened his eyes a few times. At this time Kristin is hopeful for some recognition from Ben. This is a young man as full of life and love as any I have ever known. He absolutely loves to be on the water and is one of those guys that is just a blessing to be around. He can always find a way to lift your spirits. His young wife seems to have fit so perfectly into his puzzle they truly seem to have been created for one another. Now, she sits. 3 hours away from home, 2000 miles from her family in GA.
She waits. Her moments go by like hours waiting for any sign of promise that the love of her life will be with her again. They have no income at this point, and they need our help. They need your help. Will you make a sacrifice to help this incredible couple? Don't eat out for dinner this weekend and send them what you save. Wait a little longer to get that "whatever you have been saving for" and send some of that to help her as she sits and waits. Let Kristin and Ben feel the love of their extended family, because when it all comes down to it, we are all family.. and that is all we have, for the moment in time we all share. Thank you in advance.
- Alexandra Diaz
- Matthew Cucuzza
Organizer and beneficiary
Tim A Rupard