MasterChef Junior fan favorite Ben Watkins faces another personal tragedy just three years after losing both parents.
The 13-year-old chef, who appeared in season 6 of the FOX culinary competition, was recently diagnosed with an uncommon tumor. According to a GoFundMe initiated by his grandmother and uncle, Ben is being treated for an angiomatoid fiber histiocytoma, a soft tissue tumor that typically occurs in children and young adults. Ben’s loved ones say she is one of six people in the world to receive such a rare diagnosis.
In 2017, Ben’s mother and father, Leila Edwards i Mike Watkins, died in a murder-suicide. A Chicago Tribune story about his deaths said community members had gathered around Ben to set up a trust fund for his future. Nearly $ 30,000 has since been raised in the # Love4Ben campaign, and that number is only expected to increase as it receives support for its medical treatment.