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'Bucket list' girl's wishes granted

A 15-year-old cancer sufferer has thanked people around the world for helping to fulfil her 'bucket list' of things she wants to do before she dies.

Three days ago Alice Pyne, of Ulverston, Cumbria, created an internet blog called Alice's Bucket List in which she described how she has been fighting cancer for the last four years.

She revealed her latest hospital scans showed Hodgkin's lymphoma - a cancer of the white blood cells - was spreading through her body and that her mother had encouraged her to create a wishlist.

Her appeal led to a flood of offers as her webpage became an internet hit with Twitter followers, as it became one of the most talked about subjects worldwide. Top of the schoolgirl's list was to 'make everyone sign up to be a bone marrow donor'.

Other wishes were to swim with sharks, to have a purple Apple iPad, to meet Take That and 'to have my hair done if they can do anything with it'.

In a fresh post on Thursday on her website - www.alicepyne.blogspot.com - she said most of her ambitions were now set to be achieved.

Labelling herself a "full time cancer fighter", Alice wrote on her introductory blog: "Most of you know that my scan at Alder Hey wasn't very good and that the cancer is now spreading through my body. It's a pain because there's so much stuff that I still want to do. I guess that my particular cancer is made of strong stuff (which is hard because I know I gave it my all and I'm strong and determined too).

"Anyway, 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, mum suggested that I turn my ideas into a bucket list. I've not quite finished it yet, as I keep remembering other bits, so I might add things to it as I go along."

In response to thousands of emails, she posted yesterday: "Oh dear and I thought that I was just doing a little blog for a few friends! Thank you so much for all your lovely messages to me. I don't sleep very well and I sat up all night reading them as they came in from all over the planet, every single one, and they have made me smile so much so that is a good thing."

Alice had said she was unable to watch her favourite band, Take That, this weekend because she was not well enough to cope with sitting among a large crowd, but she will now travel to see them after the band's management stepped in after reading her blog.

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