(Above, left to right) Steve Armstrong, Glen Caruba, Gene Okamoto, Jerry Goldenson, Ben Hines, Ron Read, Dan Twiford, Paula Posey, Courtney Goldman (far right)
Wishes are made with the hope that they will one day come true. For Ben Hines, wishes really do come true. A 19-year-old college student from Fort Smith, Arkansas, Hines’ life was forever changed when he was diagnosed with Large Cell Lymphoma in December of 2009. The good news is that Hines has since beaten the cancer, but his story got even better when Pearl granted the young man’s Make-A-Wish Foundation request to tour the drum company’s Nashville headquarters and receive a custom built Pearl Masterworks kit.
He described his day at Pearl by saying, “This has been the best experience I could have wished for. The amount of care and dedication given to the people and products is why Pearl is the best in the world. Thank you for such much for going above and beyond to grant my wish!”
Hines is now pursuing a degree in Music Education at the University of Arkansas while performing with the UA-Fort Smith Percussion Ensemble, the River Valley Independent indoor drumline, and local jazz bands.