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Teen Risks Her Life to Complete Bucket List

Many people have bucket lists, some take them seriously while others don't. Rebecca Townsend, a 17-year old from Brookfield, Connecticut, had three bucket list goals. One of them was to save a life, and she selflessly gave her own to achieve her goal. Townsend's bucket list was part of a school assignment to write a letter to herself during her sophomore year. The letter would then be returned after graduation. Her goals were: Go to Spain, kiss in the rain and save a life. On July 2, Townsend had completed her first two goals.

She was on her way to see a fireworks display in Danbury with her friend, Benjamin Arne. As they were crossing the street, Townsend spotted a car coming right at them when she pushed Arne out of the way. As she saved her friend's life, she sacrificed her own due to the fatal collision with the car. Shortly after her tragic death, Townsend's family found the letter she wrote herself on her bed. Her cousin, Rachel Hofstetter, wrote in a Facebook post “This story could be about loss, but vibrant and happy Rebecca would prefer it be about love. So take a moment and hug the person you don’t always hug, and then do it again. And then say ‘I love you’ to the person you don’t usually tell, and then say it again.”

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