At 10 years old, lying in the PICU at St. Alexius Hospital recovering from his tenth major surgery young Trent felt he had a decision to make: I could pity myself and be a victim of circumstances, or I could trust that there was a bigger purpose and become determined to persevere through adversity. He looked at those in the room with him square in the face and uttered the words, “Sometimes we don’t understand why bad things happen. We just have to trust that God knows what He is doing and not let the tough times get us down.” This coming from a kid who was born with a complete absence of the left side of his diaphragm (agenesis of the left hemi diaphragm) and spent more time in the NICU than out over the first several years of his life.
Many years (and two additional major surgeries) later, Trent is now prepping to head off on his next great adventure: attending Cedarville University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Nursing with his eventual goal to become a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Physician Assistant (PA) specializing in the care of critically ill children.
Given his own personal experience and unwavering commitment to optimism and the betterment of others we have no doubt he will be a huge success. Congratulations to Trent on his receipt of the 2018 ARMCO Partners Fore Hope Scholarship!