Little Cole Benson making progress at St. Jude

By Josh Beavers

Minden has rallied around six-year-old Cole Benson, the local child battling a rare form of cancer at St. Jude in Memphis.

Whether it be Minden High School having a rally night for the young one to open the football season or a local church holding a fundraiser or local businesses bringing awareness to the cause, Minden has said loud and clear that it unified behind and members of “Team Cole.”

The Journal wanted to bring the public up to date on the progress of Cole since he left Minden for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in August.

“Two and a half years of treatment is a long time; so, we have to celebrate every win along the way,” Cole’s mom Ashleigh Benson said in a recent Facebook post. “Today, Cole finished his steroid medicine! After taking this medicine 3x a day, he has finished 84 doses of prednisolone! He is so excited to put that part of his treatment behind him.”

Cole suffers from a rare form of T Cell Lymphoma. Cancer. That dirty, dirty word that has separated friends and families from one another far too often in our community. Little Cole, an energetic and always smiling young man, is fighting the fight that no child should ever have to.

Morris Busby, Cole’s granddad, has given regular updates to the community about the little man’s progress. On Sunday, he posted about the outpouring of support from the community.

“Last night I was honored to be asked to speak at the concert at Eastside MBC about St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,” Busby posted on Facebook. “Eastside had raised $3,700 in the fish fry. I was told that with the concert they have now raised a great sum to donate to St. Jude. I was able to share with them the experience that Cole and his family have experienced at St. Jude. We are thankful for the excellent care he is receiving. The support by the citizens of our area is AWESOME! Thank you!”

Three decades ago, Field of Dreams taught us “if you build it, they will come.”

Well, Minden is once again proving that “if you need us, we will come.”



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