In  front of a live audience of more than 10,000 Associates, Ben, a bright-eyed Make-A-Wish® kid, talked about his struggles after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Ben was asked to participate in performing several mind-blowing tricks onstage with the help of a magician. The show ended with the reveal of Ben’s wish to meet a platypus. Ben was thrilled to learn that he would be traveling with his family to Australia, the only place in the world where it is possible to see a platypus in the wild. The heartwarming moment deeply touched his family and the audience!


“I’ve performed magic my entire life and rarely do you have a day as fun and moving as today,” says Gerry Katzman, a magician of over 30 years. “What we’re doing here is great. To see a child’s face light up because he’s doing magic, and then to see a glimmer of hope in his eyes performing what he loves to do was inspiring.”


Meet Wish Kid Ben

Ben was an active 10-year-old boy who enjoyed magic, watching educational videos on YouTube, and telling his friends about his favorite animal, the platypus, when he unexpectedly got sick.

The diagnosis: acute lymphoblastic leukemia, which would come as a complete shock to his parents, Ingolf and Stephanie. His treatment required him to spend the next year in and out of the hospital.

During that time, Ingolf and Stephanie sent regular emails to their family to share updates on Ben’s journey.

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“Ben was diagnosed with leukemia on Friday. He was admitted to Rady Children’s Hospital the same afternoon, and has been there ever since. Stephanie has been with him around the clock, and Leon [Ben’s brother] and I have joined them every day while trying to keep some sanity in Leon’s life as well.”

This past June, Ben completed his last chemotherapy treatment and began a two-and-a-half year “maintenance” period. While this period brings new challenges and freedoms for Ben, who’s now 11, he is ready. In particular, he can’t wait to return to school and see his friends. But, before he does, Ben agreed to visit our annual Celebration event and share his story.

Since 2010—with your support—Isagenix has raised almost $1.5 million, helping to grant 190 wishes.

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