Terminally Ill Teen's Bucket List Inspires Donations Worldwide
Swim with sharks. Travel to Kenya. Star in a photo shoot. Go whale watching. Get a purple iPad. Get everyone to sign up to be a bone marrow donor.
These are all on Alice Pyne's bucket list, and her recent blog, "Alice's Bucket List," is inspiring folks around the world to help the terminally ill teen with cancer cross them off her list.
Pyne, 15, launched the blog June 6, and already it has gone viral, MSNBC reports, adding that Katy Perry and other celebs have tweeted about the blog, and the hashtag #alicesbucketlist is trending high on Twitter.
"I've been fighting cancer for almost 4 years and now I know that the cancer is gaining on me and it doesn't look like I'm going to win this one :( I'm hoping to write in here as much as I can and I'm also going to show my bucket list which I'm trying to get done before I have to go," the British teen writes. "Hopefully, I'll update as I tick each one off the list :)."
One item she will be able to cross off is seeing Take That in concert. Pyne writes that she's going to a concert by the British boy band this weekend.
"I know I said this yesterday, but I can't believe that so many people have taken an interest in my blog," she wrote on June 9. "... I said that I didn't want any donations because I have most of the things I need, but if anyone wants to donate to something close to my heart, they can support my sister who is running the Race for Life for me this Sunday. I've put a link to her page but this isn't a begging thing, it's just there for those who want to."
Today's update? People have donated more than $16,000 to cancer research.
"We can't go to bed because we're hooked on reading all the messages," she Pyne writes. "I feel so good that with your help we are getting more people on the bone marrow donor list AND now we're putting money into supporting cancer research. Happy happy happy :)."
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