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by Jennifer Mishler
Categories: Causes, People.
Photo: Charity:Water

Recently, we gave an update on the story of Rachel Beckwith, who recently died at the age of 9 after a major car accident. Her story continues, with her birthday wish to raise money for those without clean water being answered by thousands of people.

Rachel’s charity: water fundraiser page, created to ask for donations to the organization in place of birthday gifts or money, has now surpassed $1 million in donations. In fact, the total is now $1,077,091 with! Over 27,000 donations have poured in through the page.

According to MSNBC, the $1 million point was passed on Friday and the campaign continues for 49 more days. “We’re thrilled with the response…It’s the largest fundraising campaign in our history by far,” Sarah Cohen, the spokeswoman for charity: water told the Seattle Times.

Rachel’s mother wrote on the fundraising page and expressed her emotions over the reaction from strangers around the world to Rachel’s story: “I am in awe of the overwhelming love to take my daughters dream and make it a reality. In the face of unexplainable pain you have provided undeniable hope. Thank you for your generosity! I know Rachel is smiling!”

The campaign continues and if you’d like to do make a donation, you can do so here: Rachel’s 9th Birthday Wish.

About Jennifer Mishler

Jennifer Mishler is a writer, and a vegan and animal activist. When she's not writing, you can often find her volunteering or advocating for animal, environmental and human rights causes. Along with writing for Ecorazzi, she has contributed writing for nonprofits like Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and enjoys blogging. She resides in the Washington, DC area (and loves all the vegan food it has to offer). Follow Jennifer on Twitter: @jennygonevegan.

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