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05/11/07

Hometown Hero--Ben Botelho

Ben Botelho,  WTOC Hometown Hero Ben Botelho, WTOC Hometown Hero

Sometimes a person does something for others with no thought about what's in it for him or herself.

17 year old Ben Botelho, gives a lot of himself to his community he's a soccer player, a cancer survivor, and now he's taking the lead in the fight against that killer disease. Ben's the ambassador for Georgia's Children's Miracle Network.

But his work doesn't stop there. Now, Ben's giving a little bit more of himself his hair to locks of love.

But he's not doing it alone. One by one his friends and family helped cut his long locks.

"It's not anything big but I feel like it's something I should be doing," said Botelho.

An incredible young man who his soccer coach Wade Wright has been an inspiration to everyone.

"He never gave up and he never quit and always worked better and stood on the sidelines and pushing people," said Wright.

Ben was diagnosed with cancer when he was 14 year's old and even when he was getting treatments he was helping to teach kids how to play soccer. So it's no surprise that he jumps at every opportunity to help.

But that's not all Ben does, he encourages students to dig deep into their pockets. Over the last couple of days students collected 300 dollars in extra change for the Children's Miracle Network.

"This is an example of what he is when he got cancer he said it wasn't gonna be a benefit to him cause to him this effects everything he does," said Wright.

It also effects what others do. an anonymous person was so impressed with Ben's story. they matched the donation

"Ben you have always been an inspiration to us and that's a testament to you that someone wants to donate because of your story," said Wright.

After a few tears, a few laughs Ben was completely bald. David Botelho says he is proud of his son.

"He has such a big heart and just cares for people and the treatment he received and so he wanted to pass it forward and that is where his heart is," said David Botelho.

His big heart and his ability to never give up is why Ben Botelho is a WTOC Hometown Hero.

Reported by: Brooke Kelley, bkelley@wtoc.com

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