From NBC's Kevin Corke
MANCHESTER, NH -- The family of Nataline Sarkisyan -- the 17-year-old California girl who needed a transplant but was unable to get one despite being insured -- urged voters here to back Edwards, who has made taking on big drug companies one of the main thrusts of his campaign.
"Please vote for Senator Edwards," said Hilda Sarkisyan, mother of Nataline, to an overflow crowd of 500 at the Franco-American Hall in downtown Manchester
The health care provider ultimately agreed to do the transplant for Nataline, but it was too late and the girl died two-hours later.
Hilda was joined by her husband Grigor and son Bedig and all spoke emotionally and powerfully.
A little background: On Thursday, the night of the Iowa caucuses, Nataline's mother was watching MSNBC and heard John Edwards speech and describe their family's tragic loss.
Friday morning, Hilda reached out to the Armenian National Committee of America. seeking to connect with the campaign but didn't know how. Representatives from the Armenian National Committee of America called Edwards' Chapel Hill's headquarter and spoke to the front desk.