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She Completed Her Bucket List Seconds Before Her Death, How She Did It Has Inspired Thousands

A courageous 17-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut completed her bucket list just moments before her tragic death on July 2nd.

When crossing the street, Rebecca Townsend and her friend, Benjamin Arne, were in the path of a car racing down the highway right towards them. Instead of jumping out of the way, Townsend pushed Arne out of the way and was instantly killed when the car struck her.

Although he suffered major injuries, Arne survived the disaster. But just hours after the accident, Rebecca’s sisters found something laying out on her bed: her bucket list. The last item on her list? “To save a life.”

Gotta Get Away// The Black Keys

A photo posted by Rebecca Townsend (@rememberingrebecca) on

Rebecca had created the list because of a social studies assignment in high school. Keeping it simple, she only had three goals: To kiss in the rain, to fly to Spain and to save a life. According to her family, Townsend had already completed the first two before her death, and her heroic last moment in life completed the list. 

I smile because you’re my sister, I laugh because there’s nothing you can do about it #tbt #portugal A photo posted by Rebecca Townsend (@rememberingrebecca) on

It’s unknown the reason why her bucket list happened to be out just hours before her death, but her family has found a way to find comfort through the coincidence.

“Who knows why Rebecca was looking at that letter the night she left us… but I think it’s her way of telling us she is OK; she accomplished what she needed to; she made it,” said her sister.

Her family and community are not the only ones affected by Rebecca’s passing. She’s the First is a charity that sponsors girls in third world countries to be the first in their families to graduate from secondary school – and Rebecca is its founder.

Because of her inspiring life, people have posted from all over on a Facebook page named Remembering RebeccaThe page is a platform for those who not only support Rebecca’s life but also a place to share their only stories.

We’re only smiling because I took a solid minute trying to take this #fourmoreyears #yadingus

A photo posted by Rebecca Townsend (@rememberingrebecca) on

Rebecca was planning to attend Notre Dame University in the fall, where her future classmates would  have undoubtedly also been huge supporters of Rebecca’s legacy. With a Go Fund Me page the 2019 class hoped to raise $1,500 to make and sell bracelets at the Notre Dame Welcome Weekend in August. With that, they would contribute all profit to Rebecca’s foundation, She’s the First.  

But with all of her advocates, it’s no surprise that over $4,000 was raised and the difference immediately went into the program.

While the end of Rebecca’s life is one of heartbreak, the spirit, strength and love of this incredible girl is still inspiring people all over.

It’s not like I’m falling in love, I just want you to do me no good, and you look like you could #selfiesunday

A photo posted by Rebecca Townsend (@rememberingrebecca) on

What an amazing story of courage, hope and love! 

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