Runners at the Fargo "mini-marathon" run for baby JaceFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- When runners take off tomorrow morning during the Fargo "mini-marathon," many will be running in honor of a baby boy from Fergus Falls, whose first few months of life have been filled will struggle and heart-break.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- When runners take off tomorrow morning during the Fargo "mini-marathon," many will be running in honor of a baby boy from Fergus Falls, whose first few months of life have been filled will struggle and heart-break.
Baby Jace is now 4-months old. His mother, Tami, "died suddenly" from an aneurysm, when she was 8-months pregnant. Jace was delivered in an emergency operation, but has brain damage from the trauma.
The runners at the race will rally around Jace, thanks to someone whose life was changed by aneurisms.
For the first time, we see the little guy who has Internet followers around the world. 4-month old, Jace Pederson, the boy who has beat the odds, achieved celebrity status, and warmed the hearts of those who want to help him.
He is just about 13-pounds.
His young Dad Trent, never dreamed life would throw such a curve ball. He and his beautiful wife, Tami, looking forward to being parents together. Now it is just Trent and Jace.
Jamie: "It is so unbelievable what happened."
Tami's sister Jamie says it is taking a village to raise Jace and learn from his perseverance.
Jamie Bertram/Jace's Aunt: "It has opened so many eyes, that never take life for granted things can change in an instant."
But for the last several weeks, Kathleen Wrigley has been spearheading the effort to connect Jase with the running world, and this weekend's race.
Kathleen Wrigley: "This has been so devastating."
Runners will donate to help Trent and Jase. Why? Kathleen has been there. Not only a runner, but a survivor of aneurysm. And so this, for her, is personal.
Kathleen: "We are given experiences in life, and I heard the story and of course it tugs at my heart strings but felt compelled to do something."
She had not met Jace until today. It was a tragic loss that brought the two together. And it will be a race tomorrow that connects the heart of this baby, with a giving, caring community.
And some good news today from Jace's doctor's appointment here in Fargo.
Fears of hearing loss have been eased. And Trent has been given the green light to try feeding Jace. Right now he has a feeding tube.
Anyone can help Jace. Go to wday.com and click on easy links and Baby Jace.