“I found out that millions of people don’t live to see their 5th birthday,” Rachel wrote. “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.”
Nine-year-old Rachel Beckwith, however, died last week following a 13-car accident on Interstate 90 in Bellevue, Wash. But her mission lives on, as donations continue to pour, in memory of this precious angel.