A terminally ill British teen whose online bucket list has received almost 5 million views died Saturday, her mother announced on the blog where the girl posted her goals.
"Our darling girl, Alice, gained her angel wings today," Vicky Pyne wrote. "She passed away peacefully with (dad) Simon, (sister) Milly and myself by her side. We are devastated and know that our lives will never again be the same."
Alice Pyne, 17, of Ulverston, Cumbria, in northwest England, attracted worldwide attention in 2011 when she started a blog containing her bucket list, or things she wanted to do before she died.
Pyne had been fighting Hodgkin’s lymphoma since age 11 and decided to create the list after a scan showed the disease had spread throughout her body, the New York Daily News
reported. Among them: swimming with sharks, going to Kenya and, perhaps most importantly, making everyone signed up to be a bone marrow donor.
"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 because there are so many things I still wanted to do," Pyne wrote on her blog at the time. "Mum suggested that I turn my ideas into a bucket list."
She inspired more than 40,000 people to register as bone marrow donors, and ultimately completed her list last August by going whale-watching in Canada, British media reported.
Pyne earned a British Empire Medal last year for her civil service work. Alice's Escapes, a charity she founded, provides vacations for families with seriously ill children.
She wrote her last blog post on New Year's Day.
"Can't believe that I'm really saying 'Happy New Year' to you all," Pyne wrote. "I don't think that there is a single doctor that would have expected me to be here when they sent me home over two years ago."
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