Fargo family hopes to break Guinness World RecordFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The FargoDome will be rocking in two weeks. Sure, the Bison are playing their home game, but another team will be changing and saving lives.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The FargoDome will be rocking in two weeks. Sure, the Bison are playing their home game, but another team will be changing and saving lives.
Guinness World Records will be in Fargo, November 23rd as a local charity gathers signatures for organ donation. One family and a daughter remembered are trying to make it happen.
Monica Kersting never thought she would be the voice, the face, the mom behind organ donation.
Then again, she never imagined her 14-year-old daughter Alexa would die waiting for a lung transplant despite being at the top of the list for months.
Monica Kersting- Alexa’s Mom: “Help us break the organ donor sign-up record by registering to save lives.”
Today, the Kerstings of West Fargo and their Alexa's Hope Foundation brought in local children who are alive today because liver, lung and heart transplants, including the most recent, Jordan Peterson.
The goal today: A Public Service Announcement to urge all of us to show up on Saturday, November 23rd to help break a Guinness World Record.
Monica Kersting: “Which translates into eight people per minute that we have to register…”
…Signing up 4,100 people in an eight-hour period at the Air Museum, Coliseum and the FargoDome.
Kersting: “If they're attending the Bison game, they can register at the dome in the lobby or the tailgating area.”
You can download the registration from the Alexa's Hope website to save time knowing those two minutes may mean life for someone else.
Monica Kersting: “If there was ever a community, we could do it. It would be here in this community.”
Loren Kersting- Alexa’s Dad: “It's all about the 18 people dying every day. To think about those people going through what we went through is just not acceptable.”
The Kerstings have worked tirelessly in recent years: Traveling the country, urging doctors, nurses and anyone who will listen, the importance of donation. This is the reason why.
Kersting: “Keeping Alexa's memory alive helps me to continue to deal with my grief. As a parent, and when I see other children receive the gift of life, it makes it all worthwhile.”
You can download a short registration form at the Alexa's Hope website - http://www.alexashope.org/registered-donor-alexas-hope