Two-year-old boy named Ben, who was born with a congenital heart defect, is now the most popular swimsuit brand in the world, with more than $20 billion in sales and more than 100 million swimmers in its stores.
Ben was born on July 4, 2010, and after a short life as a surrogate for a mother with a rare genetic condition, he was adopted by the couple that bought him in 2007.
Two years later, Ben is one of the first people to be treated with the lifesaving medication he needs for heart disease.
But, at a time when he’s been battling to live as a human being, Ben has also been fighting to live in his own world, and is the subject of a new documentary, “The Landmark,” which will premiere at Sundance Film Festival on Thursday, May 11.
In the film, Ben tells the story of his first two years as a swimwear model, from his first meeting with a designer, to his first trip to the beach.
“I was the only one on the beach,” Ben said in the film.
But then you’re going back out there, and there’s a bunch of people trying to swim with you and you know, ‘Oh my God, they’re trying to drown me.’ “
You’d just want to go get a little snack.
Ben, his mom, and his dad are all from Florida, and Ben grew up in Lake Mary, a tiny community in the Everglades. “
I’m always thinking about that moment, like, what was I thinking?
“And he was just a happy little boy. “
He just always had this little smile on his face,” his mom said.
“But then he got into his early twenties, and he started to feel the effects of this rare genetic disease. “
“My first reaction was just, ‘He’s not going to make it.'” “
He’s not alone. “
My first reaction was just, ‘He’s not going to make it.'”
He’s not alone.
More than 1.5 million Americans have congenital defects, a condition that causes the heart to stop beating in certain parts of the body.
Some of those defects can cause symptoms like shortness of breath, shortness or even death.
But for others, the condition can cause more severe problems, like blindness or hearing loss, or chronic, debilitating illnesses like diabetes or hypertension.
“The world has always been really supportive of us,” Ben’s mom said in a phone interview.
“There was always a way for us to go, and we could just be here.”
The problem with Ben’s story is that it’s not just his story.
Ben’s father, Eric, and mother, Julie, both live in Miami, and they have four children.
Julie said Ben has always told her he wants to swim at least once a week.
She also said she and her husband are very strict about keeping Ben’s birthdays and birthday parties small and focused on his well-being.
“We’re very strict on keeping it very personal,” Julie said.
Julie’s husband also said he’s always been strict on not putting Ben on a diet, and that he’s tried to keep Ben’s weight at about 300 pounds.
But in the years since Ben was adopted, his parents have struggled with health issues that kept them from being able to provide for their children.
Ben said that despite their efforts, he has been diagnosed with several different conditions, including asthma and heart disease, and even had to be hospitalized twice in the past two years.
In one case, Ben was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and doctors had to remove a piece of his skull so that doctors could take a MRI of the tumor.
“In that one instance, the tumor just wasn’t going to go away, and so it was really tough on him,” Julie recalled.
“It was really hard for him to go to the doctor and be like, `OK, I’m fine.
But Julie said that Ben’s mother has not only continued to fight for her son’s right to swim, but has also found an outlet for her passion for fashion, and for raising their four children, and the children of other people who have been diagnosed. “
Julie said that her husband is still dealing with his health issues, including being unable to get to work, and their family struggles to support them.
“Her husband is not only an amazing father, but a brilliant designer. “
She’s been really a rock in the family,” Julie added.
Because we love to create, we love fashion, we like to create for ourselves, and she does a great job of raising her