Gordon Ramsay donated $50,000 to late 'MasterChef Junior' star's cancer treatment
Ben Watkins, who died Monday from a rare form of cancer, finished in the top 18 contestants of 'MasterChef Junior' when he was 11 years old.
and fellow"MasterChef Junior" contestants sent Watkins a heartfelt video message in August as well, cheering him on while he was undergoing cancer treatment and encouraging people to donate to his GoFundMe."If you can beat me in the 'MasterChef Junior' kitchen, trust me, you can beat this," Ramsay said in the video."God bless, and lots of love, buddy."
Watkinscompeted in season six of"MasterChef Junior," finishing in the top 18 spots when he was just 11 years old. He was diagnosed with angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma two years later when he was 13.On Monday, Watkins' family shared a statement on his GoFundMe page, announcing his death. The page has currently raised more than $200,000 for his medical costs.
"When Ben's rare illness was shared with the world, he was so heartened by the outpouring of love he received from every corner of the globe -- especially here in his hometown of Gary, Indiana. We cannot thank this community enough for holding our family up in prayer and for all that you've done," the family's statement said."Ben suffered more than his share in his 14 years on this Earth, but we take solace in that his suffering is finally over and in that, in the end, Ben knew he was loved by so many."Read more: »
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This is inspirational, This is humanity!! THIS IS PHUCKING PHOMENTIAL THAT GORDON RAMSAY WILL GO OUT of his way and go to great lengths to care for contestants during and after the show! :) 👍👍