Benjamin was diagnosed with brain cancer just before his third birthday and given only a few months to live. His first surgery was a central line which allowed him to begin treatments. Doctors provided Benjamin’s mother with pins and tape to manage the tubes that were permanently hanging from his chest. During Benjamin’s 6-year battle, his central line was pulled out, infected and replaced more than 20 times. To correct these unnecessary complications, Benjamin suffered through painful surgeries that delayed treatment. Ben Guard is dedicated to changing the Standard of Care and making life easier for central line patients.
Benjamin was a fearless, active boy who loved God, his mom, sisters, and baseball. In all we do, Ben Guard honors his life.
Ben Guard is committed to partnering with healthcare providers to develop products that will increase the safety and security of children facing illness, while providing peace of mind for their families and care teams.
Ben Guard Leadership
Matt began his Healthcare career with Bristol Myers Squibb Oncology, in 1997, and has had the pleasure of making strong contributions and holding various commercial and leadership roles with several other prominent Oncology, Biotech and Diagnostics organizations; Sanofi-Aventis, Caris Life Sciences, Onyx (Amgen) and Puma Biotechnology, among others. He has successfully launched and significantly grown many new cancer drug and molecular offerings, leading regional and national growth strategies, with an emphasis in the start-up healthcare space.
Matt’s extensive commercial and scientific network with Healthcare Providers and Executive Leadership has played an integral role in his contributions, especially when articulating new medical concepts, products and processes. Matt has a strong passion for helping in the fight against cancer, whether through his work or routinely participating in fundraising events.
Matt received his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and continued his education with various advanced science and MBA courses at DePaul, University of Chicago and Northwestern Universities.
He resides in Glen Ellyn, IL with his wife, Molly, and their four children.
Medical Facility Interior Designer, Rhonda cared for her son Benjamin who lost his battle with brain cancer. During their 6-year fight Rhonda experienced the difficulty of trying to protect the tubes that hung out of her son’s chest and Benjamin suffered needless surgeries and hospital stays. It became evident that catheter protection is a medical necessity and a solution was needed for managing complications. Her goal is to honor Benjamin by filling an unmet need to safeguard patients like him. Rhonda is fearlessly challenging medical establishment to change current Standards of Care and provide patients with the tools they need to keep them safe.