By now you’ve probably noticed that #alicebucketlist is trending on Twitter. It made it’s way into Twitter’s Trends late last night and has remained there through the morning. People have been tweeting, “She’s 15 years old with terminal cancer and wants to trend on Twitter.” That’s only half right. Alice Pyne is a 15-year old with terminal cancer and she has put together a bucket list of things she’d like to do before she dies. Becoming a Trending Topic isn’t on that list, but trending certainly has made some of the goals on Alice’s Bucket List a whole lot more achievable.
Alice started her Bucket List blog just a few days ago, on June 6, 2011. She writes, “I’m 15 and I have terminal cancer. I’ve created a bucket list because there are so many things I still want to do in my life…some are possible, some will remain a dream. My blog is to document this precious time with my family and friends, doing the things I want to do. You only have one life…live it!”
Some of the things on Alice’s Bucket List include swimming with sharks, entering her dog, Mabel, in a regional Labrador show, having a private cinema party for herself and her BFFs, meeting the band Take That, going to Kenya and, most importantly, getting as many people as possible to sign up to become bone marrow donors. This last point hits extremely close to home for Alice, who suffers from Hodgkin’s lymphoma and was lucky enough to find a donor through the Alice Pyne Bone Marrow Recruitment Appeal, which you can follow on Facebook. Although Alice’s case is now terminal, bone marrow donations can still help others who are suffering.
Some people have asked whether Alice Pyne and her Bucket List are real. The Sun is reporting that the list is real and you can also see pictures of Alice and her family, including her mother Vicky Pyne, her father Simon Pyne, and her sister Millie, who has been running races to support her sister, on the Facebook page. Additionally, Madeleine Fletcher, who works at Alder Hey in the UK, where Alice has been getting her medical tests and treatments, has Tweeted about her.
Supportive tweets are pouring in, people are offering to help her complete items on her bucket list on her Bone Marrow Recruitment Facebook page, and a new Facebook fan page called Alice Pyne’s Bucket List has popped up as well, with fans offering their support, and even people letting Alice know that they’ve signed up to be bone marrow donors.
On the second post on her blog, Alice writes, “I’m excited about the things I am going to be doing, but the biggest thing has to be all the people who are joining bone marrow donation schemes because of me.” I think this story is beautiful and hope it will inspire others.
What do you think about this little girl and her bucket list? Do you think it will inspire people to donate bone marrow?
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.