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Heartwarming Community Support: 13-Year-Old Florham Park Cancer Survivor Honored at Rutgers Game

New Jersey

By: Richard L. Smith 

An inspiring celebration of courage and resilience, the Rutgers men's basketball team and their official healthcare provider, RWJBarnabas Health, paid tribute to extraordinary fans during their victory against Michigan.AdBen Jimenez, a 13-year-old from Florham Park, was honored as the "Shining Knight of the Game" at Jersey Mike's Arena, marking a memorable moment for the young cancer survivor and his family.

The "Shining Knight of the Game" initiative spotlights pediatric patients battling health challenges, offering them a day of joy and recognition during their tough journeys.

Ben, a passionate Rutgers Athletics fan, experienced this firsthand, sharing the court with his family and the Rutgers Scarlet Knight mascot to the crowd's roaring applause.

RLS Media has learned that Ben's journey to this moment was marked by adversity and bravery.

Rutgers Diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor, in November 2022, he underwent critical surgery followed by a comprehensive treatment plan at RWJBarnabas Health facilities.

Under the care of a devoted medical team and with the unwavering support of his family, Ben has been navigating the road to recovery with remarkable strength.AdHis love for sports, including a fondness for the Mets and football, was celebrated during the game, reflecting his enduring spirit.

Ben's tribute at the game is not just a singular event but a part of a larger commemoration.

He will be featured in a commemorative display at the RWJBarnabas Health Athletic Performance Center, which will celebrate each "Shining Knight of the Game" and their unique stories of resilience.AdThe community's embrace and the initiative by Rutgers Athletics and RWJBarnabas Health exemplify the powerful impact of support and recognition in the healing process, offering hope and encouragement to Ben and many others facing similar battles.