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Published April 23 2012

State Bank names recipients of Pay It Forward gifts

A mom fighting breast cancer, a camp for children with diabetes and a fund for the funeral costs of the four North Dakota State University freshmen killed in a car crash in February are among this year’s recipients of State Bank & Trust’s Pay It Forward gifts.

The bank announced on Monday the winners of its Fans’ Choice project, in which online voters selected award recipients based on 55 videos submitted from people in the community.

The top award of $5,000 went to Vicky Westra, a mother of two undergoing treatment for stage 4 breast cancer. Her “book club friends” made a video on her behalf, hoping to help her family defray mounting medical bills.

The gifts are part of the bank’s broader Pay It Forward initiative. Every year since 2007, the bank has given $1,000 to each full-time employee and $500 to every part-time employee to give back to causes in the community.