Nine years after 14 year-old Alexa Kersting died while waiting for a double lung transplant, she still has more work to do. The organization "Alexa's Hope" was started to make sure no other child suffers the way she did. Volunteers set out to break the Guinness World Record in signing up organ donors.
"I know how Alexa would feel and she would say good job mom and dad," says a very emotional dad still coping with the pain.
Loren and his wife suffered a loss no parent wants to face.
"Alexa needed a double lung transplant. She was slowly getting winded and we started realizing that she had a rare lung disease.
Alexa was put on a waiting list hoping to receive a new set of healthy lungs. Little did she and her family know the organs would never come. Alexa died waiting.
"In our arms... We woke up and she was complaining that she had a hard time breathing and she…yea…"
Their young daughter would not die without making a difference. Alexa's Hope set out to break the Guinness World Record and sign up 4,135 donors in eight hours.
Life Source liaison, Deb Andvik says, "India currently holds that record. So we wanted to bring it back here to North Dakota to the United States."
Now this organization is hoping to give to others what wasn't given to Alexa.
"We have over 3,500 people in North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota waiting for organs and the organs that can be transplanted are heart, lung, liver, kidneys and small intestine," says Deb.
All it takes is one.
"One organ donor can save the lives of eight people."
Crews worked to register donors at the FargoDome, Fargo Air Museum and Fargo Coliseum. Volunteers share the same passion to save lives.
The President of the Board of Directors of Alexa's Hope, Sheri Dalen says, "I am a living donor for my sister. My sister and I are very close and it meant a lot to be her donor and it brought us closer together." A few years ago, she donated her kidney and saved her sister's life.
It's proof that one life has the power to keep on giving.
"The people who are involved in the transplant world say that our story about Alexa is making a difference and it's probably one of the best things that is making a difference for consent donors in North Dakota and Minnesota."
Alexa's Hope signed up 489 new donors, not the outcome they expected, but Alexa's father is comforted knowing they are doing what they can to answer the call for organ donors.
If you would like to become a donor you can register through the organization at alexashope.org.