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Rachel…. When I read her story I choked and could not seem to put into words the love and compassion this child had for everyone. She was one of the most caring children I have read about. Her parents should be very proud; Rachel was a beautiful soul inside and out. The generosity she showed inspired me to do more and to try to teach my own children the value of selflessness. Rachel wanted to help get clean water to those in need. Rachel was about to celebrate her 9th birthday. She wrote a request online, asking not for presents but for everyone to donate to her cause. To help bring Clean Water to those in need. On July 20, 2011 Rachel, her sister and her mother were involved in a 13 vehicle pile up. According to reports Rachel was the only one killed by the accident. She would be brought to the hospital and be put on life support for three days. On the third day it was decided to take her off. Rachel was pronounced dead on July 23, 2011. Her donation page that was shut down when she was $80 short of her goal was reopened and has now made over $1,000,000.


Found at http://www.mycharitywater.org/p/campaign?campaign_id=16396
In Rachel's words...

On June 12th 2011, I'm turning 9. I found out that millions of people don't live to see their 5th birthday. And why? Because they didn't have access to clean, safe water so I'm celebrating my birthday like never before. I'm asking from everyone I know to donate to my campaign instead of gifts for my birthday. Every penny of the money raised will go directly to fund freshwater projects in developing nations. Even better, every dollar is "proved" when the projects are complete, and photos and GPS coordinates are posted using Google Earth. My goal is to raise $300 by my birthday, June 12, 2011. Please consider helping me.

Thank you so much!!!


Posted July 25, 2011 by Rachel's Mom, Samantha

I am in awe of the overwhelming love to take my daughters dream and make it a reality. In the face of unexplainable pain you have provided undeniable hope. Thank you for your generosity!
I know Rachel is smiling!



UPDATED: Aug. 12, 2011 4 p.m.

Though Rachel Beckwith was just 9 years old when she died, her thirst for bringing clean drinking water to those in need continues to live on.

Rachel was taken off life support on Saturday after she sustained fatal injuries in a 14-vehicle pile up near her home in Bellevue, Wash. three days earlier, CNN reports. But when her life was cut short, Rachel's determination to save others was resurrected.

While celebrating her birthday in June, Rachel declined presents and asked that friends and family contribute instead to charity: water, a nonprofit that provides safe water to developing nations, her aunt Veronica Del Rosario told CNN.

"She cares about other people more than herself. For her birthday, she didn't want any presents. She told us not buy her presents. She wanted everyone to give money so that children and parents could have water."

Rachel raised $220, just $80 short of her goal.

But then news of the crash spread. Rachel's mother, Samantha Paul, was traveling on I-90 when a semitrailer jackknifed into a logging truck, the Seattle Times reports. The logs clogged traffic, causing the pileup. Then, the semi ran into Paul's car.



Rachel was the only person critically injured, and doctors couldn't save her, according to the Times.

Now, news of her past birthday mission has touched people all over. Donations continue to pour in to her fundraising page.

Her efforts have raked in more than $1 million at last count, with donations as little as a few dollars all the up to thousands. A $900 donation was posted from an anonymous donor, along with a $5 donation from Simon Kitchen, who wrote: "I wish I could give more, but I'm only 8 years old and this is my week's allowance. I hope it goes up to at least $1,000,000."

Rachel had originally been inspired by her church's fundraiser for charity: water.

"She did what she could and now she can't," Rachel's pastor Jeremy Johnson told CNN. "But we can pick up where she left off."

Honor Rachel's birthday wish by giving to charity: water through her fundraising page.

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