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Autistic piano prodigy to perform at Dazzle to raise money for music school

Benjamin Jenkins with Shaul Turner at the piano

DENVER — There are many giving people in Colorado and they are making a difference for an autistic teen from Centennial who was told he would never speak.

Ben Jenkins is defying the odds with his musical talent. He not only learned how to communicate, but he has been accepted at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston.

The therapy that enabled him to get this far cost so much that now his family can’t afford tuition. Ben is playing concerts around Denver to raise the money he needs. Doctors said he would never be able to communicate with anyone and would have to live in an institution.

“I’m proud of my family, my friends, my therapist and everyone who tried to help me be a normal successful and sophisticated man,” Ben said.

“Years of therapy is very costly and all of the savings for college all went to that and we would do it all over again, but they’re not there so we need to raise the money,” Ben’s sister Bethany Lewis said.

Ben is receiving donations but needs to raise $25,000 by the end of August. He will perform at a fundraiser at Dazzle Restaurant and Lounge at Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Street on Thursday.

Tickets are $15. If you can’t attend, you can also make a donation by clicking the link.

To purchase tickets to Thursday’s event at Dazzle, click the link.