Garrett Becker weighed 1 pound 7 ounces when he was born. He was 12 inches long.
His father, Dennis, said the odds back then weren’t good.
“He was given, I think, a 15 percent chance to live six months,” he said.
Born prematurely with cerebral palsy, epilepsy and blindness, his parents wanted the best for their son.
Garrett found his comfort in the outdoors, and in a leap of faith his parents took him to Boy Scout Troop 20 in Delafield.
“My first thought in if we should get him into scouts was ‘I’m not sure that he can do it, but we’ll see what happens,'” Becker said.
In nearly a decade with the troop, Garrett has earned 27 merit badges. But he wanted more. He wanted to be an Eagle Scout.
Garrett’s Eagle project involved collecting 200 items of clothing for the Hope Center. Once again, he beat the odds and collected more than 2,700 items.
Scouts are to complete their Eagle requirements before turn 18. Garrett was granted an extension so that he was able to complete his requirements by age 21.
Only 5 percent of Boy Scouts attain the rank of Eagle. Garrett once again defied the odds and passed his Eagle Board of Review.
Next month, Dennis will take the Eagle pin he was presented in 1961 and present it to his son.
“For me to give this pin to Garrett, I get choked up just thinking about it,” he said.
Garrett said he plans on staying on with Troop 20 and wearing the uniform.
“A lot of people, a lot of friends,” Garrett said of his troop. “It makes me feel happy.”