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CNN's Andrew Kaczynski vows to be 'involved in finding a cure' following infant daughter's death


Andrew Kaczynski announced via Twitter that his nine-month-old daughter Francesca passed away on Christmas Eve, following a battle with cancer.

And the CNN political reporter, 31, returned to the platform on Saturday to thank his followers for their heartfelt condolences and generous donations to Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Andrew also said that he and his wife Rachel Louise Ensign would ‘spend the rest of [their] lives involved in finding a cure’ for their daughter’s aggressive diagnosis. 

In mourning: Andrew Kaczynski returned to the platform on Saturday to thank his followers for their heartfelt condolences and generous donations to Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, following his nine-month-old daughter Francesca's passing on Christmas Eve

In mourning: Andrew Kaczynski returned to the platform on Saturday to thank his followers for their heartfelt condolences and generous donations to Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, following his nine-month-old daughter Francesca’s passing on Christmas Eve

‘Thank you everyone, your messages have touched our hearts,’ began Kaczynski’s tweet.

‘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,’ he concluded.

Shortly after expressing his gratitude, Andrew shared a touching video of his late daughter that he captured in 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,’ the reporter wrote.

Vow: Andrew also said that he and his wife Rachel Louise Ensign would 'spend the rest of [their] lives involved in finding a cure' for their daughter's aggressive diagnosis

Vow: Andrew also said that he and his wife Rachel Louise Ensign would ‘spend the rest of [their] lives involved in finding a cure’ for their daughter’s aggressive diagnosis

Touching: Shortly after expressing his gratitude, Andrew shared a touching video of his late daughter that he captured in July

Touching: Shortly after expressing his gratitude, Andrew shared a touching video of his late daughter that he captured in July

In the heartbreaking clip, Francesca, whom the couple nicknamed ‘Beans,’ can be seen writhing around in her crib and cooing with a huge smile on her face.

Keeping his daughter’s infectious spirit and unfathomable bravery alive, Andrew decided to share the ‘last smile Francesca gave [him]’ prior to her passing with his 5,000 Instagram followers on Saturday 

‘It was on my birthday on November 30th and it was the only thing I wanted that day,’ he admitted in the post’s caption.

Last smile: Keeping his daughter's infectious spirit and unfathomable bravery alive, Andrew decided to share the 'last smile Francesca gave [him]' prior to her passing with his 5,000 Instagram followers on Saturday

Last smile: Keeping his daughter’s infectious spirit and unfathomable bravery alive, Andrew decided to share the ‘last smile Francesca gave [him]’ prior to her passing with his 5,000 Instagram followers on Saturday

‘Even though she had begun to get seriously sick from her treatment at this point, she still managed to give Dada a small smile. We miss her tremendously.’

Andrew announced his daughter’s tragic Christmas Eve passing on Friday, writing: ‘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. Francesca we love you,’ he tweeted. 

Kaczynski shared the tragic news on Twitter saying that the couple were 'heartbroken' over the loss of their little girl

Kaczynski shared the tragic news on Twitter saying that the couple were ‘heartbroken’ over the loss of their little girl

Little Francesca ‘Bean’ Kaczynski was diagnosed with with an ‘extremely rare and very aggressive rhabdoid brain tumor’ in September. 

‘Francesca is the strongest person and most resilient person,’ he wrote on September 12th. ‘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.’

Sadly, after undergoing brain surgery, she suffered complications and developed meningitis. 

Things didn’t seem to improve and she then was faced with a fungal infection as a result of complications from chemotherapy and subsequently placed onto a ventilator and life support.  

On Christmas Eve, Kaczynski tweeted a plea for prayers. 

Francesca 'Bean' Kaczynski suffered from an aggressive brain tumor and died at nine months

Francesca ‘Bean’ Kaczynski suffered from an aggressive brain tumor and died at nine months

Kaczynski would regularly post about the ordeal his daughter had to suffer through

Kaczynski would regularly post about the ordeal his daughter had to suffer through

CNN political reporter Andrew Kaczynski tweeted about his daughter asking for prayers

CNN political reporter Andrew Kaczynski tweeted about his daughter asking for prayers 

The CNN reporter detailed how his daughter was diagnosed with an 'extremely rare and very aggressive rhabdoid brain tumor' in September

The CNN reporter detailed how his daughter was diagnosed with an ‘extremely rare and very aggressive rhabdoid brain tumor’ in September

‘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.’ 

Hours later, the infant had passed away. Kaczynski posted an obituary to Twitter and a more length tribute to his child to Medium. 

‘In her short life, Francesca was an outgoing, bold and curious baby. She had huge, deep brown eyes that followed whatever her parents were doing. She loved eating and being held close, particularly in the evenings. A Brooklyn-based Sesame Street fan, Francesca enjoyed taking long walks around New York City and Boston, playing with her toys and balloons, attending speech therapy, and ‘petting’ (i.e. grabbing) her cat Ryland.’

The couple added: ‘One of her favorite activities was to practice rolling in her crib from side to side. She loved seeing her parents, Andrew Kaczynski and Rachel Ensign, and greeting them with the world’s biggest smile and an excited kick when she woke up from a nap. 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.’  

Kaczynski, a doting father, would regularly post picture on social media together with his girl

Kaczynski, a doting father, would regularly post picture on social media together with his girl

''In her short life, Francesca was an outgoing, bold and curious baby. She had huge, deep brown eyes that followed whatever her parents were doing. She loved eating and being held close, particularly in the evenings,' read part of a moving obituary to Francesca

”In her short life, Francesca was an outgoing, bold and curious baby. She had huge, deep brown eyes that followed whatever her parents were doing. She loved eating and being held close, particularly in the evenings,’ read part of a moving obituary to Francesca

The couple announced their young daughter had passed away on Christmas Eve

The couple announced their young daughter had passed away on Christmas Eve 

An obituary was posted online which captured the couple's love they had for their daughter

An obituary was posted online which captured the couple’s love they had for their daughter

The couple have asked for future donations to their cause at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The couple have asked for future donations to their cause at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 

The parents said that the child ‘showed her parents a kind of love they never knew before and they will never forget it.’ 

Kaczynski and Ensign also praised the staff at Boston Children’s Hospital, where Francesca was treated.

‘Doctors and nurses would gasp with joy when they saw her smile as they entered her room,’ they wrote. 

‘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. On Halloween, she dressed up with her nurses in a homemade Pasta Fagioli costume.’

A number of stars and journalists offered up their own messages of condolence following the youngster’s death. 

‘Heartbreakingly beautiful obituary. I am so sorry. God Bless you and Rachel,’ tweeted actress Valerie Bertinelli.

‘Oh no. Andrew i am so deeply sorry,’ wrote actress Mia Farrow.

‘All my sympathies, while knowing that all the world’s sympathy is wholly inadequate for such a loss,’ wrote New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff.

‘We are so terribly sorry, Andrew, and we are #TeamBeans forever,’ said Today show host Willie Geist.

‘Andrew – I can only imagine what you and Rachel are feeling today. Francesca’s love will be with you always and — with time — you will heal. Praying for you and your family,’ added journalist Megyn Kelly.

'Oh no. Andrew i am so deeply sorry,' wrote actress Mia Farrow

‘Oh no. Andrew i am so deeply sorry,’ wrote actress Mia Farrow

'All my sympathies, while knowing that all the world's sympathy is wholly inadequate for such a loss,' wrote New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff

‘All my sympathies, while knowing that all the world’s sympathy is wholly inadequate for such a loss,’ wrote New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristoff

'We are so terribly sorry, Andrew, and we are #TeamBeans forever,' said Today show host Willie Geist

‘We are so terribly sorry, Andrew, and we are #TeamBeans forever,’ said Today show host Willie Geist

Andrew - I can only imagine what you and Rachel are feeling today. Francesca's love will be with you always and — with time — you will heal. Praying for you and your family,' added journalist Megyn Kelly

Andrew – I can only imagine what you and Rachel are feeling today. Francesca’s love will be with you always and — with time — you will heal. Praying for you and your family,’ added journalist Megyn Kelly

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