Goodbye to Alice Pyne: Brave 'Bucket List' teen passes away surrounded by family. 'She gained her angel wings today,' says Mum.

The Westmorland Gazette: Alice with comedian David Walliams who tweeted his condolences Alice with comedian David Walliams who tweeted his condolences

ALICE Pyne was the terminally-ill teenager whose name became synonomous with a determination to enjoy life despite a rare form of cancer.

The 17-year-old, from Ulverston, died yesterday (Saturday) surrounded by her family. In a post on her famous blog, mum Vicky said 'Alice had gained her angels wings.'

Alice and her family used social media like blogging, Facebook and Twitter to great effect to spread news of her campaign worldwide.

She is reported to have raised over £100,000 and won celebrity supporters whilst also inspiring ordinary people with her "One life, Live it" motto.

Her last tweet was on January 9 when she tweeted: "On my way to London :)." She also posted on January 8 that she had been brought a cake. "Hello, it's me I'm awake and actually feel quite good," she tweeted.

The inspirational teenager rose to global recognition after devising a famous 'Bucket List blog' outlining all the things she wanted to do before she died.

On January 1, she wrote: "Can't believe that I'm really saying 'Happy New Year' to you all.  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 (although i have had a fair bit of help in keeping going LOL).

"Anyway, I did promise that I'd do an update. I've only really managed one really good day in the last month and that was Christmas Day, so I don't know if that says it's in my head or if it was just luck, but it was the right day to have a good day LOL."

The teenager also helped establish the Alice's Escapes idea; which raises money to provide holidays for those with seriously and terminally ill children.

Alice was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma at the age of 12. It is a cancer of the lymphatic system and fewer than 60 children in the UK develop it each year.

It can affect children at any age, but it’s more common in teenagers and young adults.

One of Alice's last high profile appearances involved collecting her Teenager of Courage Award from Robbie Williams last October before national television cameras, which was shown on ITV1.

Her appeareance resulted in a massive influx of enquiries about bone marrow donation online.

As well as fulfilling personal dreams, one of the goals of her Bucket List was to get: "Everyone eligible to join a bone marrow register."

More than 40,000 donors joined up as a result of her campaign.

She began the Bucket List blog saying: "Hi, I'm 17 years old and live with my parents and sister in Ulverston. I've been fighting cancer for over 5 years and now I know that the cancer is gaining on me and it doesn't look like I'm going to win this one :("

After her tv appearance in October, six times more people visited the Anthony Nolan website.

To find out what you can do to help the Anthony Nolan Trust, go to http://www.anthonynolan.org/What-you-can-do.aspx

To donate to Alice's Escapes, go to http://www.justgiving.com/alicesescapes/Donate

For her blog, see http://alicepyne.blogspot.co.uk/

 

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10:52am Sun 13 Jan 13

Ben Berry says...

There isnt much one can say. What I will say is that Alice did something amazing when she knew her time was cut short.

"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only."

I pray that all of us who came into contact with Alice can make our lives count as she did. Rest in Peace.
There isnt much one can say. What I will say is that Alice did something amazing when she knew her time was cut short. "But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only." I pray that all of us who came into contact with Alice can make our lives count as she did. Rest in Peace. Ben Berry

11:21am Sun 13 Jan 13

zaney5 says...

RIP Alice. ****
RIP Alice. **** zaney5

1:22pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Topp66 says...

An inspirational girl who brought smiles to everyone RIP xxxxx
An inspirational girl who brought smiles to everyone RIP xxxxx Topp66

2:01pm Sun 13 Jan 13

LADY TILLY WINDERMERE says...

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REST IN PEACE ALICE you will be the brightest star in the sky xx
. REST IN PEACE ALICE you will be the brightest star in the sky xx LADY TILLY WINDERMERE

2:01pm Sun 13 Jan 13

LADY TILLY WINDERMERE says...

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REST IN PEACE ALICE you will be the brightest star in the sky xx
. REST IN PEACE ALICE you will be the brightest star in the sky xx LADY TILLY WINDERMERE

9:44pm Mon 14 Jan 13

lakesgirl34 says...

R I P alice those angel wing are deserved, but arrived far to early for you. my thoughts are with the family. x
R I P alice those angel wing are deserved, but arrived far to early for you. my thoughts are with the family. x lakesgirl34

2:42pm Tue 15 Jan 13

jazzactivist says...

Sad to see her go, but glad that she was an inspiration to everyone. She showed us how to really live life when faced with death. Thanks Alice, RIP - but not too quietly!
Sad to see her go, but glad that she was an inspiration to everyone. She showed us how to really live life when faced with death. Thanks Alice, RIP - but not too quietly! jazzactivist

10:34am Fri 18 Jan 13

bee69 says...

I never had the privilage of meeting Alice but she sounded like a remarkable young lady. I find myself reflecting and comparing last week's and this week's Gazette front page.
Helena Farrell chose to die and Alice would have loved to live. Would the outcome have been different had they met and talked. I grieve for their parents, family and friends.
I never had the privilage of meeting Alice but she sounded like a remarkable young lady. I find myself reflecting and comparing last week's and this week's Gazette front page. Helena Farrell chose to die and Alice would have loved to live. Would the outcome have been different had they met and talked. I grieve for their parents, family and friends. bee69

11:11pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Milkbutnosugarplease says...

bee69, excellent comment. I had that contrast in mind too, but thought the 'tragic Helena' stories excessive. We seem to have gone from too little mention of death to too much. Alice's story is different - what a fighter!
bee69, excellent comment. I had that contrast in mind too, but thought the 'tragic Helena' stories excessive. We seem to have gone from too little mention of death to too much. Alice's story is different - what a fighter! Milkbutnosugarplease

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