Inspiring ‘Bucket List’ Teen Loses Fight with Cancer, Wins Our Hearts
Written by Project Inspired | January 15, 2013
Some sad news to digest this week: Alice Pyne, the famous British teenager who charmed the world with her “bucket list,” lost her battle with terminal cancer over the weekend. But while it’s easy to feel disheartened by her passing, it’s important to remember the joy and inspiring story she brought to the world.
For those who haven’t heard of her, Pyne became famous in 2011 after starting a blog (see it here) chronicling her fight with terminal cancer (Hodgkin’s lymphoma). She was 17. The main portion of her blog was dedicated to a bucket list where she had written of things she wanted to do before she died, noting honestly that “some are possible, some will remain a dream.”
Little did she know at the time that the international attention her website and story would garner would allow her to eventually accomplish everything on her list. In August, she wrapped up her list (and a whirlwind year!) by going whale watching in Canada. “It was really amazing because in the beginning I didn’t even know it was going to get published, and so I didn’t expect half the things to get done, never mind finishing it,” Pyne told ITV News at the time.
So what was she able to tick off? Swimming with sharks, attending the prom, meeting the members of Take That (a British boy band) and to “get everyone eligible to join a bone marrow register,” among several other things. If what the New York Daily News writes is true, the teen is believed to have inspired more than 40,000 people to register as marrow donors.
Her last blog post is from January 1, where she marvels at being able to even say “Happy New Year!” to her fans. Doctors didn’t give her much time after sending her home two years ago. Luckily, Pyne has a lot to be proud of. Outside of bringing major attention to an important and serious disease, together with her family she created a charity called Alice’s Escapes, which sponsors vacations for children who are seriously ill. As a result, last year she and her 14-year-old sister, Milly, were awarded British Empire Medals for their charitable work. Her sunny disposition, bravery in the face of a life she knew would be cut short and hard work to help others in her same situation is truly inspiring to us.
Had you girls heard of Alice Pyne? Do you know other teens who are going through hard times but keeping their chins up and inspiring others to do the same? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.