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Published August 13, 2013, 08:41 PM

Davies orientation includes 'PrayForLexi' bracelets for the senior who suffered brain damage

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Friends of a Davies High School student who suffered a severe head injury last week are finding ways to make sure she's still part of orientation going on this week.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Friends of a Davies High School student who suffered a severe head injury last week are finding ways to make sure she's still part of orientation going on this week.

Alexis Bolstad had another surgery this morning, after what her CaringBridge page described as a "rough night." She has been in an induced coma at Essentia since falling from a GEM car, but she is on students' minds as they get their class schedules.

Brook Hildre usually attends orientation at Davies High School with her best friend Lexi Bolstad. But this year, she and other classmates are including Lexi in a different way - selling bracelets urging classmates to "PrayForLexi."

Brook Hildre - Lexi's Friend: "We wanted to do something that people could keep."

Lauren Hage - Lexi's Friend: "We just thought the bracelets would be perfect, because a lot of people knew her and everyone would want them."

Lexi, who will be a senior this year, is in a medically induced coma after suffering a severe brain injury falling from a GEM car.

Brook Hildre: "It's definitely weird because she's one of those girls who is all about school spirit. She wanted to play volleyball, which that probably won't be happening."

Lauren Hage: "She would always talk about her senior pictures and how excited she was. It's just kind of hard, I don't know."

Students are selling the bracelets, along with magnets, at the school as students drop by to get their class schedules. Each bracelet costs $5 and all the proceeds go to Lexi's family - but perhaps the real benefit is the show of support from students and community members as they wear these around town.

Heather Stuberg - Math Teacher/Asstant Basketball Coach: "It has really taken off, and it's a way for the community to really support Lexi. The girls - all of her friends - have just rallied around her and they've done it all themselves."

Though it's tough to approach the new year without their bright and funny friend, these students just keep reminding each other to pray for Lexi.

The bracelets and magnets are added to Pray For Lexi ribbons that the students have been selling since last week. There is also a benefit fund set up for Lexi's family to help with medical expenses. You can donate to any Vision Bank location to the "Alexis Bolstad Family" account.

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