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Checking in on Alice Pyne

Longtime Adventurers will recall when we first learned about Alice Pyne in A Teen’s Bucket List.

Alice is a 15 year old English teen dealing with terminal bone cancer. She’s on a quest to get everyone to sign up for the bone marrow registry to help others like her.

(If you’re new to Alice’s story, you may also want to catch up with my other posts Teen Bucket List Update #1 and Hey Alice! Good Works are Spreading Thanks to You!)

Her bucket list of things she’d like to do or experience before she dies is captured on her blog Alice’s Bucket List (www.alicepyne.blogspot.com).

It’s been awhile, so I thought it was time to give you an update. Boy has that girl been busy! She’s met her favorite pop group Take That!, swum with sharks, and traveled to London to meet Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street and Leader of the Labor Party (and hence the Opposition) Ed Milliband in the House of Commons.

She’s also been given two geckos as pets, and is going caravaning this week (that’s camping to Americans).

And in a very nice gesture of solidarity, Abigail Breslin and Cassidy Rieff wrote and recorded a song to honor Alice and help spread the word about getting swabbed and onto the bone marrow registry. Check it out, it’s on Alice’s site.

(One of my absolute favorite movies is Little Miss Sunshine, and so I’m a HUGE fan of Abigail Breslin. That girl rocked the tube socks while dancing to Rick James’ Super Freak, I’m just saying.)

Lest you think all is rosy for Alice, I have to report that she had to go into the hospital last month to have two liters of fluid removed from around her lungs.

I’m going to be frank. It was hard to type that last sentence. I can’t imagine living with the reality of this situation on a daily basis as Alice and her family and friends do.

So once again, a gentle reminder to please consider checking out sites like the Make A Wish Foundation and the National Marrow Donor Program network that joins more than 450 treatment/donor centers worldwide. In the UK, there’s the Anthony Nolan Trust, which is helping Alice.

Do it for Alice. And the next Alice. And the next.

 

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