After bravely and happily spending her short life overcoming genetic hearing loss and fighting a cancer diagnosis, 9-month-old Francesca “Bean” Kaczynski — daughter of CNN journalist Andrew Kaczynski and Wall Street Journal reporter Rachel Louise Ensign — died of complications from cancer on Christmas Eve.
“We’re heartbroken to have to announce our beautiful daughter Francesca passed away last night in the arms of her mom and dad,” tweeted Kaczynski, who chronicled Bean’s battle with cancer on the platform. “There will always be a Bean-sized hole in our hearts for her. We’re so grateful to have known her love.”
A GoFundMe that was started for “Team Beans” in September has racked up over $115,000. In lieu of flowers, food or gifts of any kind, the family has asked that donations be made in Francesca’s honor to a bike-a-thon fundraiser that donates all proceeds to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Kaczynski also tweeted that people can donate blood or platelets at a Boston Children’s Hospital, where Bean was treated with “remarkable love and kindness,” he wrote in a Medium post about her passing.
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SOURCE: New York Post, Hannah Frishberg