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West Richland Man's Relentless Giving Spirit Will Live On

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. - This is the story of a young man we can all learn something from. In mid-September, 22-year-old Trey Scott died. He was born with a heart defect, diagnosed with an incurable lung condition at three-years-old, and despite all of that his short life was never focused on him. 

"At birth he was given 30 minutes. He lived 22 years. That's more time than we ever expected," said his sister, Crystal Benson. 

Trey's family is doing their best to stay positive. His niece and best friend, Hannah Benson, perhaps said it best.

"I'm happy for him. He went to a better place now and he can enjoy the life that he has. But we'll miss him, we'll miss him for sure," said Hannah.

Following in her uncle's footsteps, Hannah's given her birthday presents away for the last few years. That's just one of the hundreds of ways Trey gave back.

"Spreading the word about childhood health, making things better for children. Making things better for everyone. He was always looking for an opportunity to give," said Trey's mom, Sunnie Scott.

As a little boy, Trey raised thousands of dollars to help start a kid's space at Kadlec Regional Medical Center before the hospital had its pediatric unit.

"He spent time in hospitals all around the country so he had a lot of experience. He knew what he wanted to do from a child's eyes, if you will. He really made a difference here at Kadlec," said former executive director of the Kadlec Foundation, Larry Christensen.

From the piles of ribbons, awards and trophies at Trey's parents house, you can tell he also made time to be a good old fashioned kid. He played sports, graduated high school and even went to WSU Tri-Cities.

"Sick or not sick he was going to find a way to do it. His spirit was just relentless," said Crystal.

Even after Trey died September 17th, his relentless giving spirit lives on. Just days after he took his last breath, Trey's donated corneas gave someone else the gift of sight.

"I do envy that person to be able to see the world through his eyes because all he ever saw was hope and promise and strength and possibilities. So I wish I could see the world through his eyes," said Sunnie.

The giving will continue even further. Instead of flowers, his family is asking people to donate to the Trey Scott Memorial Scholarship fund. The Scott's know first hand how difficult it is for a child dealing with a medical issue to go to school and college. They want to make that possible for someone else. 

Trey received a National Best Buy Scholarship for his charity work. Not only did he work with Kadlec to create a better environment for kids, but he and his family also volunteered with the Starlight Children's Foundation for several years. He volunteered as a mentor and counselor at the Beats and Rythms Camp for cardiac kids. Last year, he was honored internationally and asked to share his life story with 13 Saudi Arabian hospitals.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, October 10th at 2 p.m. at Einans Event Center. Trey's family asks people to share stories and remember his spirit. People are asked to wear orange, tie-dye, Star Wars, Harley Davidson, Avenger or Dr. Who clothing to the service. 

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