World's smallest premie, years later, gets unique "Pay it Forward" Christmas giftFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- This is the time of year when we hear and read about some of those great "pay it forward" Holiday gestures. And tonight, an employee of Bell State Bank in Fargo had his Christmas Spirit lifted, with one simple donation with his company "pay it forward" money.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- This is the time of year when we hear and read about some of those great "pay it forward" Holiday gestures. And tonight, an employee of Bell State Bank in Fargo had his Christmas Spirit lifted, with one simple donation with his company "pay it forward" money.
The recipient is a young man from Moorhead, who made national and world news, when he was born 27-years ago. Tonight it is not only an amazing story of survival, but one of giving.
When Trent Petrie came into the world back in 1985, no one believed he would make it though the night. He had a zero to one percent chance survival.
Born weighing just 12-ounces, and only 22 weeks gestation, He earning the reputation as the world's smallest premature baby. So he was 19-20 weeks premature.
It would mean travels to New York and Network TV, People Magazine and Reader's Digest. But with the miracle of life, came the hardships of survival. Blindness, autism, hospitalizations and other setbacks that have made life hard for the amazing baby, now a young man.
Deb Olson, Trent's Mom: "When Trent was born, my prayer to God was that if Trent would live I would except and take care of him and we would love and take care of him and we would deal with what we had to deal with."
And so today, imagine the gratitude, when Bell State Bank employee Shawn Logan, as part of his Pay It Forward gift, offered to pay off this double scooter, which the organization HERO arranged for Trent. It will allow a parent to accompany Trent on trips around the block or Grandma.
Deb: "Grandma has been in his life forever and so it is important for him to see her on a daily basis."
Shawn was even able to meet Trent and his mother today, who thanked him for the gift of the scooter.
Deb: "If it is not a spirit builder I don't know what is. The try spirit of Christmas is giving and receiving.
Shawn Logan/State Bank Employee: "Just being able to get out and help people and realize how much different the gift you are giving compared to the normal stuff you give people who have everything."
A boy who wowed the world with his survival story 27-years ago, tonight, along with his family, grateful for those who turn Christmas into this cherished moment of giving, without asking for anything in return.
Bell State Bank and Trust employees have given out more than 2.5 million dollars thru the Pay It Forward Campaign. This is the 5th year.