How a West Fargo graduate who died 5 years ago continues to help people today

Cameron Bolton's organs have helped over 120 people and counting, even nearly five years after his death.

Cameron Bolton and a few of the people who received his organ donation after his death.
Contributed by Sarah and Arlin Fisher

WEST FARGO — It will be five years since Cameron Bolton passed away this July. He lost his life a few days after a terrible crash southwest of Fargo.

"We're still hearing stories today of how he was a friend to everyone," Cameron's mother Sarah Fisher said. "If he met you for the first time, he would open the door for you, he would ask if there was something that he could do."

Cameron was an organ donor, and through his death, he gave the gift of life to others.

Because tissue donations are still viable up to five years after a donor's passing, he's still helping people, even today.

"Thus far he's helped over 124 people," Sarah said.


"Some of his donors were within days of passing and some of the recipients within days of passing," said Arlin Fisher, Cameron's stepfather. "And now their miracle came through, and that helps us know that he's living on inside of them."

And Cameron's family continues to honor his memory.

They started Crosses For Cameron, a nonprofit dedicated to helping the organ donor and recipient community. Sarah and Arlin Fisher speak at Driver's Ed classes encouraging new drivers to register as organ donors, helped develop the Garden of Healing in Fargo and began a rock campaign.

They leave tiny rocks with donate life painted on them in plastic bags, along with messages encouraging people to perform a random act of kindness.

It started out small, but has spread further than they could ever imagine. The bags also include messages encouraging people who find rocks to let them know about it on social media or email.

"Since we started that campaign, over 27,000 have been produced," Arlin said. "And they have gone global. The last one we received with came in from Belize."

It's lead to countless, moving stories, documented on their website, that they'll carry forever.

They still miss Cameron terribly. They always will. But meeting the people he's helped, and dedicated so much of their lives to celebrating the good that came out of Cameron's passing helps keep them going.


"When people think of Cameron, we want them to think of life and hope and healing," Sarah said.

"It's like your banner says, changing lives one rock at a time," Arlin said.

Mike McGurran has been a reporter and anchor at WDAY-TV since 2021.
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