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Becky Parker, Forum News Service, Published August 14 2013

VIDEO: Davies orientation includes 'PrayForLexi' bracelets for the senior who suffered brain damage

FARGO - Friends of a Davies High School student who suffered a severe head injury last week are finding ways to make sure she's still part of orientation going on this week.

Alexis Bolstad had another surgery Tuesday morning, after what her CaringBridge page described as a "rough night."

She has been in an induced coma at Essentia since falling from a Global Electric Motorcars vehicle.

Brook Hildre usually attends orientation at Davies High School with Bolstad, her best friend.

But this year, she and other classmates are including Lexi in a different way - selling bracelets urging classmates to "PrayForLexi."

"We wanted to do something that people could keep," Hildre said.

"We just thought the bracelets would be perfect because a lot of people knew her and everyone would want them," said friend Lauren Hage.

Lexi, who will be a senior this year, is in a medically induced coma after her injury.

"It's definitely weird because she's one of those girls who is all about school spirit. She wanted to play volleyball, which that probably won't be happening," Hildre said.

"She would always talk about her senior pictures and how excited she was," Hage said. "It's just kind of hard, I don't know."

Students are selling the bracelets, along with magnets, at the school as students drop by to get their class schedules.

Each bracelet costs $5 and all the proceeds go to Lexi's family. But perhaps the real benefit is the show of support from students and community members as they wear these around town.

"It has really taken off and it's a way for the community to really support Lexi," said Heather Stuberg, a Davies math teacher and assistant basketball coach. "The girls, all of her friends have just rallied around her and they've done it all themselves."

The bracelets and magnets are added to Pray For Lexi ribbons that the students have been selling since last week.

There is also a benefit fund set up for the Bolstad family to help with medical expenses.

Donations can be made at any Vision Bank location to the "Alexis Bolstad Family" account.

Visit her CaringBridge here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/alexisbolstad