Alice Pyne, a 15-year-old with terminal cancer, recently made a simple blog on which she wanted to document how precious the time she has with her family and friends is. She called it “Alice’s Bucket List” and included notes on the things she hoped she could do before her illness got the better of her.
The British girl’s first blog post was on June 6, 2011. Three days later, the entire Internet is cheering her on, donating to the causes she supports and helping her check off as many of her bucket list items as possible.
It’s difficult to track down exactly how Alice’s list went viral, but we do know that John Woodcock, a member of the British Parliament, raised awareness of her plight during a meeting with the Prime Minister on Wednesday. We also know that musician Katy Perry and many other celebrities posted about Alice on Twitter over course of the last few days.
Right now, the hashtag #alicebucketlist is climbing Twitter’s worldwide trending topics chart. As it does, one of Alice’s top bucket list items gets just a little bit closer to earning a checkmark — the one that states that she wants everyone to sign up to be a bone marrow donor.
You see, Alice explains that she didn’t create her blog in hopes of profiting from it — she simply made it with her family and friends in mind — but that doesn’t mean that she isn’t excited about the attention and encouraging people to support a cause that is dear to her heart:
So, I was never begging and I don’t need any money but I do love to get your messages and I hope you’ll follow my blog and keep leaving me a message. I will take a camera with me wherever I go and I’ll post photos of everything I do. In return, you can keep asking everyone you bump into to join the bone marrow donation schemes in your country.
While it’s doubtful that every single person out there will offer to become a bone marrow donor, it does seem that a lot of people are inspired by Alice’s story and doing their best to contribute to that particular bucket list item.
Unfortunately that might not be the only wish on the list which likely won’t be entirely fulfilled. Out of the 17 items Alice lists, there are several — such as traveling to Kenya or becoming a dolphin trainer — which she notes she can’t do due to the progression of her illness.
Based on Alice’s blog posts though, she’s not letting such thoughts even enter her mind or get her down. Instead the teen is savoring every beautiful moment she can and challenging the rest of us to consider something we often try to avoid thinking about:
If today was your last day on this earth, how would you spend it?
Note: If you’d like to read more about Alice, you can take a look at her blog. If you’d like to show your support for her goals and causes, then you can share links to her story via social media — use of the #alicebucketlist hashtag is encouraged. If you want to go a step further and become a bone marrow donor, then you can consult DMKS or Be The Match for more information. (Both organizations feed into the National Marrow Donor Program.)
Alice Bucket List: http://alicepyne.blogspot.com/