Book written for teenage daughter takes on new meaning after her death

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by WHAS11

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Posted on December 3, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 3 at 7:01 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The book "The Butterfly" by Bill Baker is about his daughter Rachel. With the title of father, comes the mission of protector and one night when she was 15, he could not protect her from heartbreak.

It was homecoming and his daughter got a special dress for what was to be a special evening.
 
Her date did not get the special magic part and his daughter came home brokenhearted, he got there late, left early and left his daughter disappointed.

Rachel's Cinderella night shattered, she found solace in her mother. Baker wanted to help too, so he started to write a book, telling her bigger and better things were to come in her life.

He would give Rachel the book the next morning. She gave a "thank-you," the kind you get from a 15-year-old.

Now after all these years the book has been published and he'd love to know what Rachel would think. She would be 31-years-old, and chances are she would really like it.

Rachel was killed in a car accident the year after her dad wrote the book, her memory living on at Manual High School with her love of field hockey.

The field there is named after Rachel Baker. So are scholarships given in her honor by her parents. Their daughter who was just spreading her wings, taken from them far too soon.

The book "The Butterfly," now takes on a whole new meaning. WHAS11's Rachel Platt has more about this story, click on the video player above.
 

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