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She's fighting a terminal liver disease and wants to see Christmas lights one last time

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MOORHEAD — Debi Berger, who's been fighting a terminal liver disease for the past four years, is now in hospice care.

"She was diagnosed with end stage liver disease about four years ago," said Britney Berger, Debi's daughter. "After thinking she got better once, things got worse. I moved in with her two years ago, to help her. We're not positive she's going to make it to Christmas, things are progressing at a rate we didn't expect."

One of her favorite things is to see Christmas lights, and what started as a daughter's plea to her friends has turned into a community-wide mission.

"I put a post up on Facebook if any of the early birds that put lights up early could let me know," said Britney Berger.

The request is simple: To have homeowners put their Christmas lights up before Saturday evening so that Britney could bring Debi out to see them.

"I just want it to be the most magical night for her," said Berger.

With the help of a family friend, Kim Satrom, the request has gone viral. The request has hundreds of shares and comments on social media.

"It's just such a simple wish to ask of somebody. You have to do more," Satrom said.

Debi doesn't know any of this is happening.

"She watches Hallmark Christmas movies this time of year every single day. Thinking about Christmas makes her a little sad. She has no idea what she'll be seeing," said Berger.

The surprise is a way for Britney to spread the holiday cheer to the best woman she knows.

"It's been hard. She's such a strong woman, she's such a good woman. Nothing else I'd rather be doing."

The response has hit the city of West Fargo, too.

The Public Works Department will be putting lights out early on Sheyenne Street for Debi and Mayor Mattern is declaring Saturday Debi Berger Day.

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