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Pay It Forward

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Holiday Pay if Forward finalist

Updated: Friday, December 20 2013, 05:06 PM CST
For the past two years, you have helped Channel Three News and Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep to Pay it Forward.
Together, we have surprised 50 families with more than 20,000 dollars.
We asked you to Pay it Forward for the holidays.
Who did you choose?

You sent us nearly a thousand stories of people you wanted to help and then voted for the family you wanted us to surprise with 1500 dollars.
The Pay it Forward rules still applied.
You couldn't keep the money for yourself, give it to a relative or anyone who lives with you.

One of those stories was submitted by Lynn Powell, a 4th grade teacher at LD McArthur Elementary School.
Over  37 years of teaching, Miss Powell has assigned her students countless essays.
This time, she *wrote one -- to us ...
"Everyone in the school loves her and has a lot of respect for her."

... about one of her superstar students.
"A singing school or acting. I don't know,  I just want to be on stage."
10-year-old Abigail is like a lot of other girls  but stronger than most.
"Abby is an inspiration to me every day."

When Abigail was five, she was diagnosed with Freidrich's Ataxia, a degenerative neuro-muscular disorder.
Just getting from class to class is a challenge.
"Right now I can't really keep up."
"She's had some falls this year.
"I just think of how special she is."

"What I want to do is get my arms stronger so that I could go a lot faster."

"She could use her disability as an excuse."
"Abby doesn't know any limitations."

"She is always doing her best and I love that about her."
"I try to go harder but it doesn't seem to make a difference."

"When the doctor mentioned surgery. I thought that would break her spirit."

"I felt like crying when I head about it."
"Tell me something special about your mom."

"She tries her best."
"Makes me feel stronger, it makes me feel like I'm not afraid anymore."

And while other kids her age are asking santa for toys, bicycles, dolls and Iphones.   All Abigail wants is a motorized wheelchair.
 --- so she can physically do all the things she dreams of in her mind; has the power to do in her spirit and the strength to do in her heart.

"It would make my Christmas."
And you wanted that for her, voting for Abby and her mom to receive the special gift of 1500 dollars.
And because you wanted to Pay it Forward to someone you had never met, this moment happened because of you.

"You're gettin' your wheelchair."
As Abigail opened the presents we'd brought for her, Miss Powell was rewarded for an A-plus essay.
Miles Bentley helped her to Pay it Forward.
"On behalf of Hill-Kelly Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, I'd like to Pay it Forward to you so that you can Pay it Forward."

... eight, nine, ten...
... thirteen, fourteen, fifteen hundred dollars.
"I feel popular!"
"Pay it Forward!"
Our special Holiday Pay it Forward doesn't end there.
Tomorrow on Channel Three News at 5, you'll meet two more families who received a Pay it Forward surprise.

Holiday Pay if Forward finalist

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