Family and strangers pitch in to complete woman’s bucket list

Posted: 1:42 PM, Jul 31, 2014
Updated: 2014-07-31 14:12:04-04

CHICO, Calif. (PIX11) — While cleaning out their daughter’s apartment after she was killed by a drunk driver, a California family made a discovery that allowed them — along with dozens of strangers touched by her story — to grant her unfulfilled wishes.

According to CBS, Kristina Chesterman’s parents found a makeup bag in one drawer containing not makeup, but a handwritten “bucket list.”

Kristina’s dad David knew exactly what they had to do: “because she didn’t get to do this, we wanted to complete it for her.”

“This next one makes me laugh,” Kristina’s mom Sandra said while reading the list. “She wanted to break up a fight between two guys over her … I don’t know if it ever happened, but it should have.”

So far, the Chestermans have taken flying lessons, visited Niagara Falls and run through a field of poppies, among other adventures.

Once the list was shared on social media, thousands of strangers joined in on the touching act.  Thousands of strangers have accomplished tasks on Kristina’s bucket list in her memory after the family published the list on Facebook.

“It’s still hard to get up in the morning,” Sandra Chesterman said. “But this is what does it — this is what gets me up.”

In Sept. 2013, the 21-year-old girl was killed when she was biking home from the library by a 19-year-old alleged drunk driver.

Kristina was in her second year at Chico State University studying to be a nurse.

The crash left her brain dead.  Several days later, she was taken off life support and her organs were donated.

“She wanted to … save someone’s life,” Sandra Chesterman explained. “Which she did that many times over by donating her organs.”

The family manages the Kristina Chesterman Memorial Foundation, where donations go to Doctors Without Borders, drunk driving awareness, and promoting safer bike paths in college areas.