Parents fulfill late daughter’s bucket list, thousands of strangers join in

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Kristina Chesterman, 21, died while riding her bike in Chico, Calif. She was hit by an alleged drunk driver. After her death, her mother, Sandra, discovered a bucket list inside her daughter’s makeup bag.

“I mean, what kid writes a bucket list?” she asked in an interview with CBS News.

Among the things Chesterman wanted to do was travel — tour Niagara Falls, visit all 50 states and step foot on all seven continents. She even wanted to save a life. Her mother said she did that many times over by donating her organs.

Sandra chuckles at one of the more youthful desires her daughter had.

“She wanted to break up a fight between two guys over her, which I think is so cute,” she said. “I don’t know if it ever happened, but it should have.”

Kristina Chesterman | FacebookWhen Sandra found the list, she and her husband, David, felt compelled to complete it. Since then, they’ve taken flying lessons, toured Niagara Falls and they’ve run through a poppy field.

But not only are her parents crossing items off Kristina’s bucket list, thousands of others are too. After creating the Facebook page Remembering Kristina Chesterman, many learned about the list and have taken it upon themselves to help Kristina — and now her parents — fulfill it. Some have posed with pictures of Kristina in various places, doing various things that Kristina wanted to do — ride a camel, own a home with livestock, visit another country. They’ve posted these pictures to Kristina’s page.

Her mother said getting up in the morning is difficult, but it’s the bucket list that gives her and her husband purpose. And they find comfort and encouragement from others who’ve come alongside them and joined their efforts to keep Kristina’s memory and her spirit of adventure alive.

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