Helping families like ours
across the world
We are coming together
Coming Together For a Cure works relentlessly to raise awareness, fund research, and help families around the world access stem cell therapy and resources that support their fight against rare diseases. We are driven to push for continued access to this innovation in medicine. We’re continuing to build strategic partnerships to advance resources to strengthen our global impact.
Led by a Co-Founder and Executive Director, Blake Benton
Blake was only 15 when Ryan started receiving treatment. Since then, he’s made it his life’s mission to help more families like his have the opportunity to receive stem cell therapy.
Blake is a graduate of Kansas State University, studying; Non-Profit Management, Marketing, and Management Information Systems. He founded CTFAC as an official 501 (c)3 registered public charity in 2014. Following his graduation in 2017, Blake returned home to be Ryan’s Primary Caregiver and has led CTFAC in a full-time capacity for the past five years.
Blake goes beyond just being Ryan’s brother. He is well-educated on stem cell therapy and is committed to enhancing his experience in building relationships, developing cohorts, and managing teams with industry leaders, patients, parents, executives, and philanthropists worldwide. Blake is wholeheartedly devoted to advancing and fulfilling our mission.
Here’s the truth about DMD being a genetic disease: Blake tackles each day knowing he could have been the brother born with DMD and his life would be drastically different. Blake believes that everything happens for a reason and is an obsessed optimist, that said – his dream for other families like his is to embrace the path his brother has been fortunate to be on and help them take advantage of every available resource to help them live the lives they deserve.
Board of Directors
We are fortunate enough to have a leadership team filled with founding members who engage daily on all key activities and functions.
Attorney at Law – Stull, Beverlin, Nicolay & Haas, LLC
Director of Education
Co-Director – Kansas MTSS and Alignment
CEO – Synatec Neuro, Inc.
CEO – Hexcode Designs, LLC
Director of Healthcare Strategy
Strategic Account Executive – Virgin Pulse
Director of Fundraising Development
AVP Business Banker – Sunflower Bank
Board of Advisors
Fmr Director – Planned Giving
Wichita State University Foundation
Business Development Executive
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of KS
Fmr Chairman – KS Board of Regents &
Chairman SPS Companies
Fmr Chief People Officer
ALSAC St Jude Children’s Research Hospital
CTFAC is expanding and we are actively looking for people like you to join our team and Board of Directors. Discover how you can support our strategic growth and make a meaningful impact for thousands in need of our help.