The Boy Who Wouldn’t Quit

Cerebral palsy.


Ben Comen running cross country

The diagnosis left his own parents wondering if Ben Comen would ever even walk. But walk he did. And then some.

But Ben’s dream was to be on a team. Any team.

Team after team refused to let him actively participate, yet Ben’s family refused to give up. All he needed was a chance.

Just before leaving 7th grade, Ben discovered that 8th graders were eligible to run in the high school cross country team. His mother called the coach, Chuck Parker, who said “No problem, bring him on” and the rest is history.

Ben ran for five years on his cross country team. The physical challenges of cerebral palsy didn’t allow him to run as fast as his teammates, and the going sometimes became lonely… but Ben chose to keep pushing forward anyhow.

Ben discovered that his biggest competition was himself. And he won.

Meet Ben Comen, a true competitor. In Ben’s own words: Even if someone says, “No I can’t,” I like to be able to go, “Yes I can!”

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Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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2 thoughts on “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Quit”

  1. Muhammad says:

    Very inspiring story made me feel shame of my laziness … and promise to change…
    thank you Ben … thank you healthy back institute.

  2. Faiz says:

    Great work Ben! …. Your story is an inspiration to all of us! My son just started to walk across the room few days ago at the age of 7 years, I look forward to seeing him run his first race!

    Keep up the good work champ!


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