She made a list of things she wanted to do in life, and it was the last one that took her life.
Most people have wild dreams growing up to be a professional athlete or world famous rockstar, but not Rebecca Townsend. She was different from the beginning.
One of the threethings the 17-year-olddreamed about doing actually cost her her life.
As a sophomore, the kids of Rebecca’s high school were asked to make a bucket list. The idea was to write a letter about who you wanted to be and what you wanted to accomplish, and that letter would be given back to you on the day of your graduation.
For Rebecca, that day never came.
While most kids set very ambitious goals, this teen kept it short and simple.
1. Kiss in the rain.
2.Go to Spain.
3. Save a life.
Simple, beautiful, brave. Words also used to describe Rebecca as a person. She managed to cross off the first two items on her list relatively quickly. She made it to Spain on a family trip and was lucky enough to have her “Notebook” moment kiss in the rain with her boyfriend.
The third, she completed on July 2, 2015.
She was with her friend, Benjamin Arne, walking to Western Connecticut State University to take a look at the fireworks display. They began to cross the street without realizing an oncoming car didn’t see them and wasn’t slowing down. Rebecca instantly reacted by pushing Benjamin out of the way, saving his lifebut she didn’t make it.
After she passed, the family was going through her room .. .and there, laying on her bed, washer letter with the three items.
Rebecca was known by her family and friends as selfless and passionate. A Facebook page was created in her memory to honor her by encouraging others to love selflessly. Even though she’s no longer with us, Rebecca’s story continues to inspire the world.
This story could be about loss, but vibrant and happy Rebecca would prefer it be about love, her cousin Rachel said. So take a moment and hug the person you dont always hug, and then do it again. And then say I love you to the person you dont usually tell, and then say it again.
Do it for Rebecca.