It all started with a few Tweets from prominent Twitter users like Terry Moran from ABC News and actor Channing Tatum, urging people to make Pyne’s day. And with that, Twitter exploded, sending a torrent of well-wishes and love to a girl who writes on her blog, “I’ve been fighting cancer for almost 4 years now and I know the cancer is gaining on me and it doesn’t look like I’m going to win this one.”
Pyne lives in Ulverston, England, and even though she’s dying, she hasn’t given up. She says she wants to “make the best of what I have”, and decided to create a bucket list. Some of the items on the list? To swim with sharks. To make everyone sign up to be a bone marrow donor. To be a dolphin trainer. To have a back massage. To go whale watching.
Most people have a lifetime to do everything on their bucket list. For Pyne, it won’t be that easy, but she’s determined. “Mum always tells me that life is what we make of it and so I'm going to make the best of what I have and because there were so many things I still wanted to do,” she writes on her blog.
Her plight has inspired many on Twitter, who are using #alicebucketlist to send Alice hope. “Stay strong Alice,” Tweets Kroman4815. “I wish you all the best in the world, hope and light coming your way, your wish will come true,” Tweets JessaRitter. “Incredible how people still rally around an honest cause and remind the world that humanity can be human,” Tweets BrennanJSmith.
The torrent of comments to her blog this week has kept Pyne up at night. “I didn’t sleep very well and I sat up all night reading them as they came in from all over the planet, every single one, and they have made me smile so much so that is a good thing,” she writes. Hopefully, as her bucket list is trending on Twitter, Alice is sitting up this Wednesday night, feeling the love from around the world.
Alice says she’s excited about crossing items off her bucket list, and hopes to take pictures and blog about her experiences. But most of all, she’s glad people are joining bone marrow donation schemes because of her.
On her blog, Pyne asks, “If today was your last day on earth, how would you spend it?” Think about it.