Community surprising woman with final wish

Published: Nov. 2, 2017 at 4:58 PM CDT
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A dying Moorhead woman's last wish is coming true this weekend, and the entire community is getting involved.

"It's hard to see such a happy woman home and dying. So I'm making sure she can have what she wants for Christmas and that's to see these lights," says Britney Berger, Daughter of Debi Berger.

Christmas lights, most of us take for granted seeing these holiday decorations every year. But for Debi Berger, this could be the last time. You see, she has end-stage liver disease. Saturday will likely be her last time leaving the house and the city of West Fargo is making it, well worth it.

"We're going to do a proclamation declaring it, ‘Debi Berger day.’ We're going to have some police cars out there and the fire department is going to bring one truck and hopefully put some lights on it," says West Fargo Mayor, Rich Mattern.

And that's not all. Businesses off of I-94 are joining in. They are putting up Christmas lights so Debi will be able to see them as she rides around town. Christmas has always been a special time for Debi and the lights, are her favorite.

"When I was growing up, she used to load all of us kids up and take us out to see all the lights in the neighborhood. She is such a wonderful person," says Berger.

Over 25 houses have already agreed to put lights up and more are expected.

"Everything about this place is what my Mom loves and these people that are doing all this, that's why she loves it here. It's just really wonderful," says Berger.

No this is not from a Hallmark movie, but in fact a true story showing the strength of a community coming together. Debi will be traveling from Moorhead to West Fargo. The city of West Fargo is initiating the Christmas light displays, thanks to the help of a family friend who lives in the area.