$131,000 raised for final wish of Bellevue girl killed in I-90 crash

$131,000 raised for final wish of Bellevue girl killed in I-90 crash

$131,000 raised for final wish of Bellevue girl killed in I-90 crash

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by KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on July 25, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 26 at 11:45 AM

SEATTLE -- More than $131,000 has been raised for the final wish of a 9-year-old girl who died after last week's multiple car crash on Interstate 90.

Rachel Beckwith passed away over the weekend after suffering critical injuries in the 15-vehicle collision in Bellevue Wednesday.

Rachel'' family said she did have a final wish. She had been raising money for Charity Water, a charity that provides water to developing countries.

Rachel's goal was to raise $300 by her ninth birthday on June 12, but she fell $80 short.

Over the weekend, Eastlake Church in Bothell decided to publicize her fundraising mission. And the donations started flowing in, raising about $1,000 an hour for the charity.  By early Monday afternoon, $131,176 had been raised for her cause.

Even in her last hours, Rachel was teaching others to give.

"I've learned that I need to act now, that I need to be selfless, and out of my selflessness I can make a difference," said Jeremy Johnson, the teaching pastor at Eastlake Church.

If you're interested in helping Rachel's cause, visit her website by clicking here.

Her church is also trying to raise money for Rachel's family to cover medical bills. To visit their website, click here.  

 

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