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Parents honor daughter's life by finishing her bucket list after her death
Family, friends, and Facebook join in the efforts to remember Kristina Chesterman by making her biggest dreams come true.
Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 04:04 PM
Almost one year ago, 21-year-old nursing student Kristina Chesterman was riding her bicycle home from a long day of studying when she was hit by an allegedly drunk driver and killed. Her young life was cut short before she ever got a chance to really live it. But not before she had a chance to make a bucket list full of her wishes and dreams for the future.
Shortly after her death, Kristina's parents found her bucket list
tucked away in the zippered pouch of a make-up bag in her apartment. They never before knew of the goals that their young daughter had set for herself. But upon finding the list, Sandra and Dave Chesterman knew immediately what they had to do. Kristina's parents made it their mission to remember their daughter by fulfilling her bucket list.
And they are not alone.
After setting up a Facebook page, Remembering Kristina Chesterman
, to post their bucket list progress, the Chesterman's story began to spread, inspiring friends, family, and the entire Facebook community to take up the cause to complete Kristina's list.
Post after post on the memorial page show Kristina's photo at places the young student always wanted to visit and doing activities she never got the chance to do. In an interview on Today.com
, the Chestermans said that this outpouring of support has helped them to grieve the loss of her daughter - remembering her everyday, rather than trying in vain to forget.
Here's a look at the life goals that made it on to Kristina Chesterman's bucket list:
Kristina's bucket list:
- Be in four places at once
- Go to Venice
- Learn to play chess
- Beat someone at chess
- Save someone's life
- Own two pieces of property (one with livestock)
- Manage or own my own business
- Get married
- Have kids
- Learn to fly a plane
- Go to four (out of seven) wonders of the world
- Fly first class on a plane
- Visit the 50 states
- Ride in a hot-air balloon
- Go parachuting
- Go sky diving
- Ride a camel
- Travel to all the continents
- Be remembered as "the smiley girl"
- Break up a fight between two guys over me
- Be in homecoming court
- Run through a poppy field
- Tour Niagara Falls
- Go to the Smithsonian
- Drive Route 66
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