My Story

Welcome to Ben's CaringBridge website. We've created it to keep friends and family updated about Ben. Get started by reading the introduction, My Story.

Check back for the latest journal entries with updates, visit the photo gallery, and write Ben a note in the guestbook.



Around 2 a.m. on Friday, April 15 Ben was hit by a car as he was walking on the sidewalk back to a friend's house. Two other girls were also struck by the vehicle, and fortunately they are ok.

Unfortunately, Ben is currently in critical condition at HCMC. He has significant damage to his brain. He also has multiple fractures throughout his body.

As of right now, Ben's outcome is unsure. We are hopeful that the next few days will reveal how severe the damage really is. 

Ben needs everyone's thoughts and prayers during this time. We'll continue to update the Journal with new information and Ben's status. Everyone is welcome to come visit Ben at the hospital as well--he's located in the SICU, Red building, Floor 7, Room 373.

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Adriane Marten posted a new journal entry.

We have been checking the mail every day waiting to hear who received Ben's major organs and we finally received the notification today!  Here is what we received: A 52 ... Read more

Deb McAllister signed Ben's Guestbook.

Dear Van Handel family, With all of the tv coverage lately about the trial, I just wanted to let you know that your family is still in my thoughts and prayers. I thought ... Read more

jackie wilber signed Ben's Guestbook.

Just saw the news of the conviction, brings tears to my eyes..praying for your family for comfort.  Jackie Read more

Kayla Nicole signed Ben's Guestbook.

Sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers! Many prayers, - Kayla http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kaylanicole Read more

jackie wilber signed Ben's Guestbook.

Thank you for reaching out to my family during our loss. You are truly passing on the gift of compassion. We have not stopped praying for yours for comfort, strength, ... Read more

Leah Hintz signed Ben's Guestbook.

I recognized Ben because I would often see him when I sat in the St. Paul Student Center between my classes.  I could tell from seeing Ben that he was such a kind and ... Read more

Deb McAllister signed Ben's Guestbook.

Dear Van Handels, Your family is still in my thoughts and prayers. Deb McAllister Shakopee,Mn. Read more

Karen Randall signed Ben's Guestbook.

Dear Ann, Steve and Rachel,       It is truly amazing how many people Ben has been able to help.  That is a great gift to all.  I want you to know how much Ben ... Read more

Kaitlyn Belonger signed Ben's Guestbook.

I have been reading the recent news articles about Ben. I haven't stopped thinking about all of you. Your entire family continues to have my endless thoughts and prayers. Read more

kathy blumenberg signed Ben's Guestbook.

Dear Steve, Ann and Rachel, Your family continues to be in our prayers.  It was nice too see whose lives Ben has helped with his tissues and organs.  They will keep ... Read more

Kathy Dachelet signed Ben's Guestbook.

I think of all of you often.  Thank you for sharing with us.  A senseless tragedy turned into hope and life for others.  God Bless all of you!! Read more

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