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Sam Ehlinger gets behind Austin kid’s quest to raise $1 million to save his sister

Posted April 23rd, 2018


University of Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger is trying to help 13-year-old Garland Benson raise $1 million for the Beyond Batten Disease Foundation.

Garland Benson has been trying to raise $1 million to help fund a treatment for Batten disease, which his sister Christiane has. Family photo

In December, we profiled Garland, whose sister Christiane has the genetic disease, in which the lipopigments, which are made of fat and protein, build up in the brain and the person doesn’t have the ability to clear the cells of them. It causes kids to become clumsy, and then become blind, have seizures and become developmental delayed. In Christiane’s type, the life expectancy is sometime in late teens, early 20s.

Garland’s parents who started the Beyond Batten Foundation are trying to raise $6 million to fund a possible treatment. Garland started his own fundraising campaign Be the Hero to raise $1 million of that. He has raised $370,000 so far.  People can donate through his website page on or by texting “Hero” to 501501.




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