Mike Veeck remembers his late daughter Rebecca's humor, bravery in her fight against rare disease

Updated: October 27, 2019 10:46 PM

While the St. Paul Saints were celebrating the American Association Championship on Sept. 15 at CHS Field, team owner Mike Veeck was hundreds of miles away — and he was right where he needed to be.

"It was a 15-year drought, and I wanted desperately to be there, but I wanted more to be there for my girl," Veeck said in the interview with KSTP.


His daughter, Rebecca, had days to live. She died at 27 years old on Oct. 1 from Batten disase, a nervous system disorder that is extremely rare and always fatal.

But ever since her diagnosis as a young girl, Rebecca kept her sense of humor and courage, Veeck said.

"Her legacy is going to be she never, ever complained about it," Veeck said. "She never, ever said, 'Oh, I'm having a bad day.'"

Watch the video above to get a look inside Veeck's relationship with Rebecca and how he's coping with the loss of his daughter.

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