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Teenager dies after fulfilling every life wish

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
January 14th, 2013
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A "bucket list" is what is referred to as what someone wants to do before they "Kick the bucket," or put more simply, die. Seventeen-year-old Alice Pyne, suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that affects the blood, has since lost her battle - but not until she finished a long bucket list of what she wanted to do before she died.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Realizing she had very limited time, Pyne swam with sharks, went to her prom, set up her own charity and met the band Take That. Parents Vicky and Simon insist they will continue fundraising on behalf of their late daughter. Her 14-year-old sister Milly is planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity later this year.

"It makes me happy to know, that when I'm gone, she'll carry on spreading her magic. I love you Milly," wrote Alice about her sister Milly in an entry for a competition at Knowsley Safari Park in Prescot, Merseyside.

Following Alice's death this week, her mom said "I will spend my life doing the things Alice wanted me to do - the charity, Anthony Nolan (Bone Marrow Trust) and an odd mountain or two."

Alice, diagnosed aged 13 with the disease, died with her family at her bedside. She inspired millions after publishing a "bucket list" of things she wanted to do on an Internet blog.
The list went viral online and, catching media attention. She attracted support around the world to make her dreams come true.

Showing extraordinary enthusiasm and love of life, Alice, from Ulverston, Cumbria, achieved not only the goals on her bucket list -- but much more as well.

Her mother wrote on Facebook: "Our darling girl, Alice, gained her angel wings today.

"She passed away peacefully with Simon, Milly and myself by her side. We are devastated and know that our lives will never again be the same. Night Night Alice."

The top item on Alice's list was her hope that everyone in the UK would sign up as a bone marrow donor, an aspiration praised by Prime Minister David Cameron in the House of Commons. Thanks to Alice, the Anthony Nolan blood cancer charity saw more than 40,000 sign up to its donor register. She also set up the charity Alice's Escapes, which helps parents with a seriously ill child go on holiday.

 Alice's full list of things to do before she died was:

-- Buy static caravan for her charity
-- Actually receive BEM medal
-- Go whale watching
-- Visit Cadbury World
-- Go to school-leaver's prom
-- Stay in the Chocolate Room in Alton Towers
-- Swim with sharks
-- Go to Kenya
-- Enter (my dog) Mabel in a Labrador show
-- Photo shoot with (sister) Milly and (friends) Clarissa, Sammie and Megs
-- Have a private cinema party with best friends
-- Design an Emma Bridgewater Mug to sell for charity
-- Stay in a caravan
-- Meet Take That

All were accomplished before her passing this past weekend.

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