Teenager's 'bucket list' trends on Google after celebrity support
Published 09/06/2011 | 10:01
When Alice Pyne posted a 'bucket list' of experiences she wanted to have before she dies of cancer on an online blog, the teenager would have imagined she was writing for a handful of friends and family.
But the plight of the 15-year-old, who has fought a four-year battle with Hodgkin's lymphoma, was brought to the world's attention on Wednesday when Twitter users made her one of the most talked-about subjects on the social networking website.
Using the hashtag #alicebucketlist thousands of twitter users, including Rio Ferdinand, the Manchester United footballer, and Philip Schofield, the presenter, made the teenager's blog post one of the most tweeted subjects worldwide.
As word spread the trend was picked up by users across the globe, spread by celebrities such as Hollywood actor Channing Tatum and ABC News presenter Terry Moran, and was soon near the top of the worldwide list.
Some users mistakenly believed that, in getting her name to trend on twitter, they were fulfilling one of the items on Alice's "bucket list".
In fact the list, inspired by the 2008 film starring Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman as terminally ill patients who hit the road with a list of things to do before "kicking the bucket", contains no reference to Twitter.
But the global attention will help her achieve other goals on her list, with many users urging each other to donate bone marrow in response to Alice's second target – "to make everyone sign up to be a bone marrow donor".
Other items on her bucket list include swimming with sharks, meeting the pop band Take That and entering her dog Mabel in a regional Labrador show.
She wrote 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.
“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."