Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay reportedly donated $50,000 to assist pay for therapy for “MasterChef Junior” contestant Ben Watkins as hebattled the rare cancer that claimed his life.
Watkins died Monday at age 14.
Ramsay donated the cash again in August, Variety reported.
That was across the identical time Ramsay and different “MasterChef Junior” contestants despatched Watkins loving messages on video.
“If you’ll be able to beat me within the ‘MasterChef Junior’ kitchen, belief me, you’ll be able to beat this,” Ramsay mentioned. “God bless, and plenty of love, buddy.”
Watkins, who starred within the actuality show’s sixth season, was present process therapy for angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma — a tender tissue tumor — at Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
The promising younger cooking star was certainly one of solely six individuals on this planet who suffered from the illness.
Anthony Edwards, Watkins’ uncle and authorized guardian, mentioned his nephew “by no means complained” regardless of all of the ache he went by way of.
“We had been praying for a distinct final result,” he told the Chicago Tribune.
“But Ben’s lungs might now not give him the air he wanted to breathe. It’s been devastating.”
In 2017, Watkins’ father killed his mom, after which himself in a murder-suicide. Edwards mentioned his nephew was at all times a contented youngster though he skilled that horrible tragedy.
“Ben was simply so selfless,” he advised the Tribune. “It was unreal, the character he has … he had.”