When Rebecca Draper Townsend was 15 years old, she already knew exactly what she wanted to achieve before she died. So in December 2012 she dashed down those aims – just three in all – in a note that would remain hidden until after her tragic passing two years later. You see, the teenager’s life was heartbreakingly cut short, and it eventually became clear that it was all to do with the final item on her bucket list.

But when news of Townsend’s story broke, her tragic fate would actually go on to inspire others to try and make a difference in the world. This way of remembering the high school graduate seemed fitting, too, as she had freely given up portions of her time to help others when she wasn’t attending class or with her loved ones. And as it happens, Townsend proved her selflessness in the moments just before her own death – in an act that was all to do with her fateful bucket list.

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