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Ben Is Our Hero Too – WordPress Blog Installation, Hosting & Design Giveaway!

This, my dear friends is Ben

Ben is our hero. He’s 11 yrs old and he’s the son of my friend Katie, of the blog “Life With Katie“. Ben is like every other boy, he loves watching wrestling and football. Except in another way Ben is different. Ben was born with cerebral palsy.

Ben came into this world, like my oldest daughter, prematurely. Why these things happen we’ll never know. Katie had a difficult pregnancy and was on bedrest the whole time. She did everything right. At 35 weeks gestation her doctor realized that Ben wasn’t moving as much as a baby should, so Katie had an emergency c-section. Her placenta hadn’t been providing Ben with enough oxygen and if her pregnancy had lasted another week Ben would have died inutero. But he didn’t.

Ben is a miracle baby, and I’m crying as I write this. My Sierra could have been born with cerebral palsy – we’ll never know why my water broke early.

(You can read more about Ben on Katie’s post: “My Son – My Hero“)

This is why Greta of Middle-Aged Jock and I want to help Katie and Ben out.

Ben needs a laptop for Middle School. He’s been doing well with a word processor up until now, however he’ll be entering Middle School soon and needs something more powerful. Katie can’t afford to buy Ben a laptop as he needs hamstring surgery this summer to correct his gait.

I’ve donated all of my ad revenue for this month towards the purchase of Ben’s laptop, but that’s not enough. Katie needs about $600-$700 to buy her son his laptop.

UPDATE: Ryan, of NO MORE BACON has graciously donated Ben a Laptop!  However, Katie still needs $300 towards the purchase of a laptop bag and games for Ben’s new laptop.

Greta is an awesome designer, and I have kick-butt WordPress skills, so we’ve put together a Prize Pack for one random person who makes a donation.

The Prize Pack includes:

  • Blog transfer to a self-hosted WordPress site or WordPress installation if you don’t already have a blog
  • Custom domain name registration for 1 yr if you don’t already have one
  • Blog hosting for 1 yr if you don’t already have hosting
  • Custom blog design or re-design including header and button (Greta is a kick-butt designer)
  • Standard plugin set-up: Comment spam protection, tweet this, facebook like etc. – we’ll work with you to determine which plugins you need.


Required entry: Donate $5 for Ben’s Laptop via PayPal. Leave a comment below with your PayPal confirmation number.

Extra entries – for every additional $5 you donate leave a comment. ie: Donate $30 and leave 6 comments with your PayPal confirmation number. You may need to make each comment slightly different and allow a few seconds between each comment because WordPress throttles my comments.

Good luck and thank you for your donation!


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    February 11, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Hope this helps!

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  • Angela @ Nine More Months
    February 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    So happy that Ben got a lap top!

    Here is my donation:

    From paypal email itsahumanzoo at hotmail dot com

  • Dawn
    February 16, 2011 at 7:35 am


  • Rebecca B.
    February 18, 2011 at 9:50 am


  • Rebecca B.
    February 18, 2011 at 9:52 am


    2nd donation today… so glad I have a little extra and can help right now!

  • Rebecca B.
    February 18, 2011 at 10:19 am


    Hope it helps!

  • cassie
    February 19, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    i wish you all the best with reaching your goal. Here’s my confirmation number 6A680031G3615911G. i just had a baby and i can only imaging the feeling…

  • Danny C
    February 24, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Good Luck 🙂

  • Rebecca B.
    March 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm


    One more! Hope this helps!


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