GREEN BAY - There is a saying it takes a village to raise a child. When talking with the Reynebeau family it gave that phrase a whole new meaning. Meet Ben…
"Ben is a 17-year-old soon to be 18-year-old senior at Southwest High School," said Kim Reynebeau
Ben's parents Kim and Jim Reynebeau say Ben is as loveable as any 17-year-old boy.
"He loves being around people, he loves to cook, he loves to hang out with his family. Am I getting everything buddy? He loves sports, especially football, football was his thing and it still is," said Kim. Jim Reynebeau adds, "He loved going up north to the cottage; going to the lake, swimming, skiing, four wheeling, just about anything... hunting."
Five years ago, Jim with Ben and his brother were driving home from their cottage when their truck rolled over several times on Highway 141.
And that's when Ben was paralyzed and suffered significant brain injuries.
"We've done a tremendous amount of remodeling to try to make the home more accessible for him; we build a therapy room for him so he can go in the hot tub. He loved the water so we put a hot tub in and a lift system so we can get him in there. We made the garage bigger for his van to get in and out. Put in a ramp system," said Jim.
The Reynebeaus know that some days will be harder than others and thank the community that has supported them along the way.
"It was just overwhelming. We were just so focused on getting Ben better and all of the sudden we were getting letters and emails from people," said Kim.
"It kind of started with our nephews. They started a CaringBridge website for Ben and that became my journal. So I started journaling how he was doing and all of the sudden we started getting all this feedback from people," added Kim.
From walks, to benefits, and fundraisers, the community rallied around Ben and his family.
"The school system was amazing, just amazing, they had fundraisers at their sporting events, they had raffles," said Kim.
"They had the walks, a couple different walks and they raised money for the brain injury association of Wisconsin as well as some for Ben and his therapies that he's gone through," said Jim.
Through the years there has been a lot of change in the Reynebeau home, but one thing will always remain the same, their love for each other.
"We don't know how far he can go, but we are going to help get as far as he can possibly get," said Jim Reynebeau.
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