WADENA, Minn. — Sarah Fisher became a serious advocate for organ donation after losing her son in 2018. Cameron Bolton was known for his giving spirit, so Fisher set out on a mission of remembrance for her son but also to persuade others to become organ donors.
She shared that mission this week at a special special flag-raising event with Tri-County Health Care staff at the Garden of Hope near the Wesley building in Wadena, Minn. Those in attendance heard the painful story of loss the family of Bolton, of Horace, N.D., endured and the life that young man was able to preserve.
Bolton, 22, of Fargo, was critically injured in a car accident on June 28, 2018. He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by his friend, which collided with a van carrying a group of basketball players from Lisbon, N.D., at an intersection in Fargo. Severely injured, Bolton lived for several days, during which a number of his organs were removed and given to others who were in need of transplants.
He died of his injuries on July 2, 2018.
Fisher was invited to share the story of her son’s passing and his subsequent organ donation. At the April 6 event, she dedicated a paver to her son. The Garden of Hope includes a short walkway of pavers that include names of those who have donated organs in the area. Currently, Fisher is working on having a Garden of Hope built in the Fargo area.
She is currently distributing "random act of kindness" rocks across the globe. One such rock can now be found within the Wadena garden. It is decorated with the Donate Life logo and it comes with information about Bolton. Fisher hopes people will find these rocks and spread goodwill throughout their respective communities and become organ donors, according to a Tri-County Health Care news release.
April is National Donate Life month. Tri-County Health Care partners with LifeSource, a nonprofit organization that assists with organ donations throughout the United States. Barb Nelson-Agnew, a representative from LifeSource, shared that Tri-County Health Care’s 13 donors have helped more than 975 people over six years.
For more information about Cameron and his story, visit the Crosses for Cameron Facebook page.
To learn more about Tri-County Health Care’s Garden of Hope or how to become an organ donor, visit TCHC.org/patients-and-visitors/organ-donation.