Everyday, wishes are made with the hope that they will one day come true; for Ben Hines, wishes really do come true. Ben is a 19-year-old college student from Fort Smith, Arkansas, whose life was forever changed when he was diagnosed with Large Cell Lymphoma in December of 2009. His disease was caused by the Thymus lymph node over-producing white blood cells and becoming cancerous. Since the diagnosis, Ben has undergone treatment to successfully defeat the cancer. Ben’s physician, Dr. Robert Saylors contacted the Make-A-Wish foundation, which met with Ben to discuss his options. Ben’s wish was to visit Pearl and receive a custom built Pearl Masterworks kit.
Monday, September 26, 2011, Ben’s wish was came true when he and his family visited Pearl Corporation in Nashville, TN to take a tour of the facilities, meet the staff, and to witness the unveiling of his brand new custom “Emerald Fade over Tamo” finish Masterworks kit. From the minute he entered the building, Ben was truly overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and hospitality of the Pearl staff. He described his day at Pearl by saying, “This has been the best experience I could have wished for. The amount of care and dedication given to the people and products is why Pearl is the best in the world. Thank you for such much for going above and beyond to grant my wish!”
Since treatment, Ben has enrolled at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, pursuing a degree in Music Education; continuing his love for percussion through performances in the UA-Fort Smith Percussion Ensemble, the River Valley Independent indoor drumline, and local jazz bands. As for the future, Ben plans to graduate and move to Nashville to pursue a career in the music industry. Pearl wishes Ben and his family the best as he continues his musical career and continued recovery. Pearl Corporation is proud to partner with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to make Ben’s dream come true.
For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit www.wish.org. To find out more about Pearl Masterworks kits, visit www.pearldrum.com/Products/Drumsets/Masterworks.aspx.