Bucket List Teen Alice Pyne Dies After Long Illness
“Bucket list teen” Alice Pyne inspired many with her courage after a list on her blog of life goals went viral in 2011, and Pyne’s mother has confirmed that the cancer that prompted the list claimed the 17-year-old after a long battle with the disease.
The BBC reports that the bucket list teen passed away Saturday, confirmed in a Facebook message posted by her mother which read:
“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.”
According to the broadcaster, Pyne was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma when she was 13. The bucket list, posted by the teen in 2011, carried an explanation of why she compiled the checklist and published it to the web.
Alice said at the time:
“I have terminal cancer. I’ve created a bucket list because there are so many things I still want to do in my life … I’m not expecting to do everything on it. Some of the things are just not going to happen because I can’t even leave the country now … So, I thought it would be fun to have my list online and to tick things off and do a little update on everything I do.”
While the teen’s bucket list was extensive, Pyne managed to do most of what she set out to do. Alice traveled to Kenya, watched whales, swam with sharks and even met British boy band Take That.
But the teen and her sister also received a British Empire Medal last year for efforts to recruit bone marrow donors — and Pyne and her sister were praised by PM David Cameron last year for their efforts.
Before her death at 17, the bucket list teen also raised more than £100,000 for cancer charities.