"Francesca showed her parents a kind of love they never knew before and they will never forget it," her obituary read.
CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski and wife Rachel Louise Ensign, a Wall Street Journal reporter, will never be able to celebrate Christmas the same way again. According to PEOPLE, the couple lost their 9-month-old daughter Francesca on Christmas Eve after months-long battle with cancer. Andrew took to Twitter to share the news of his daughter's demise. Andrew and Rachel lovingly called her "Beans".
We’re heartbroken to have to announce our beautiful daughter Francesca passed away last night in the arms of her mom and dad. There will always be a Bean-sized hole in our hearts for her. We’re so grateful to have known her love.— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) December 25, 2020
Francesca we love you. https://t.co/OGml2nZ12H
Despite suffering the loss, the parents are now trying to focus on the positive side of things. "We’re heartbroken to have to announce our beautiful daughter Francesca passed away last night in the arms of her mom and dad," he wrote. "There will always be a Bean-sized hole in our hearts for her. We’re so grateful to have known her love. Francesca, we love you." On December 27, he shared an old video of Beans from the end of July.
"I know a lot of you didn’t know Beans before her cancer diagnosis in September. She had such a pep in her step before she started treatment. And we’re so fortunate she got six normal months of life. This was from the end of July," he shared. Beans was diagnosed with an "extremely rare and very aggressive rhabdoid brain tumor" in September. She underwent brain surgeries and came out smiling.
Wanted to thank everyone who has sent us messages about Francesca, the last month has been really hard and we appreciate them from the bottom of our hearts. We will never forget the kindness shown to us and our daughter.— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) December 28, 2020
"Francesca is the strongest person and most resilient person," he tweeted on Sept 12. "Less than a week ago she had two brain surgeries and she's already at home and smiling. I'm confident she will fight this." On the day Beans passed away, the parents were hoping for a Christmas miracle and asked people to say a small prayer in their daughter's name. "If anyone can spare a pray for our Bean this Christmas, would just ask they include Francesca in their thoughts and hope for a Christmas miracle for our family."
The parents remembered their daughter as "an outgoing, bold and curious baby", as mentioned in the obituary. "Her many smiles sent a thrill through the world. She was so generous with them, even when most of the smiles back were covered by masks and even when she faced challenges that would scare an adult, like a cancer diagnosis or being born with hearing loss."
I know a lot of you didn’t know Beans before her cancer diagnosis in September. She had such a pep in her step before she started treatment. And we’re so fortunate she got six normal months of life. This was from the end of July. pic.twitter.com/5Y69iNoFhy— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) December 26, 2020
"Everyone at Boston Children’s Hospital treated Francesca with remarkable love and kindness. Doctors and nurses would gasp with joy when they saw her smile as they entered her room. She adored music therapy and had some of her first big laughs playing with a balloon of Elmo, her favorite Sesame Street character, from the hospital gift shop during occupational therapy."
"Francesca showed her parents a kind of love they never knew before and they will never forget it. Beanie is survived by her parents, her Bubbe, her grandparents, her aunt and uncle and cousins." The parents also shared that "in lieu of flowers, food, or gifts, donations can be made in honor of Francesca to the PMC Winter Cycle charity event, which donates all proceeds to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute."
One of the hardest parts of watching Francesca on life support has just been the limbo of everything. When she's not getting worse, but not getting better. Just the day in and out of waiting becomes so hard. I hope everyday for that sign she's getting better and can improve.— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) December 23, 2020
PEOPLE later reported that the parents are grateful for all the love, support, and donations that have been coming in after the news of their beloved daughter's death. Andrew shared on Twitter that they will put in all their effort to find a cure for other children so they won't have to lose their battle with cancer at such an early age.
"Thank you everyone, your messages have touched our hearts. We're so grateful for how much money has been raised in Francesca's honor for Dana Farber to fight this terrible disease and we are going to spend the rest of our lives involved in finding a cure."
People want to know how they can help Francesca, and the truth is we don't need anything.— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) December 21, 2020
One thing people can do is donate blood or platelets at a Boston Children's Hospital blood donation center, there have been serious shortages all year.https://t.co/qQ39r4WkSR