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How you can help: Local families take to crowdfunding campaigns following tragedies

A makeshift memorial for Grace Bettie is displayed at a vigil in her honor at Buffalo River State Park in Glyndon on Monday, July 2, 2018. David Samson / The Forum1 / 3
Cameron Bolton. Photo from CaringBridge2 / 3
Grace Elizabeth Bettie is pictured in this photo from CaringBridge.3 / 3

FARGO — A pair of local families dealing with the sudden, tragic deaths of a loved one have turned to crowdfunding campaigns to help cover related costs.

Grace Elizabeth Bettie, 9, died Wednesday, June 27, while on a swimming trip with others at the pond in Buffalo River State Park near Glyndon, Minn. A GoFundMe campaign was created the day after Bettie's death by Genevieve Kerkula of Moorhead.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, the crowdfunding campaign had raised $5,623 from 125 different donors. The campaign has a total fundraising goal of $15,000.

If you would like to donate to the "Help a young grieving mother" campaign for the family of Grace Bettie, click here.

Cameron Bolton, 22, of Fargo, died Tuesday morning, July 3, from injuries sustained in a crash south of Mapleton Thursday, June 28.

Bolton, an organ donor, was honored in a flag-raising ceremony Tuesday morning at Fargo's Sanford Medical Center.

According to a journal entry on his CaringBridge page, Bolton has already begun his journey of helping others after his death. So far, four beneficiaries have already received organs from Bolton. His heart went to a 30-year-old male, his liver went to a 43-year-old female, a kidney to a 57-year-old female and his other kidney to a 35-year-old female.

"Today we are so proud of Cameron to bring the much-needed miracles to these families," the journal entry reads. "Our prayers, hopes, well wishes, go out to each and everyone of the recipients."

"God bless everyone including all who have helped us navigate through this very challenging event."

A GoFundMe campaign created by Conrad Hager on Saturday, June 29, has raised $17,440 as of 11 p.m. Tuesday. In all, 324 people have donated to Bolton's campaign, which has a fundraising goal of $20,000.

If you'd like to contribute to Bolton's GoFundMe campaign, you can do so by clicking here.

Ross Torgerson

Digital Reporter for Forum Communications. Native of Moorhead, Minn. Have a question or story idea? Email me at Follow me on Twitter @RossTorgerson