Alice shot to internet fame in 2011 when after being diagnosed with terminal Hodgkins Lymphoma her mother suggested that she start a blog and a bucket list.
Little did she know how many lives she would touch from this one little website.
After one of her friends posted the blog on Facebook the website went viral:
Unfortunately I am very sad to say that last weekend Alice, in her mother’s words ‘gained her angel wings’ after passing while surrounded by her close family.
Alice’s story is one that touched me personally. When doing my marathon training in 2011, and opting to dedicate each training session to a different person who was unable to run for themselves, I dedicated this run to Alice. It was probably one of the most empowering and inspiring runs I’ve ever done…and for that I will always be grateful to Alice…but in addition to that she inspired me to ignore my needle phobia entirely and register as a bone marrow donor.
As part of her bucket list, Alice has been single-handedly responsible for over 40,000 people joining the register…and I’m proud to say that I’m one of them. If you would like to join us to help save other lives like Alice’s, then you can sign up here.
Other items that Alice completed as part of her bucket list were to swim with sharks, went to her school leavers’ prom, set up her own charity, and met the band Take That. Now her parents Vicky and Simon have insisted they will continue fundraising on behalf of their late daughter – and her sister Milly, 14, is planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity later this year.
Alice touched so many lives and there were a flood of tributes from people all over the world
One of Alice’s final legacies was to set up the charity Alice’s Escapes, which helps parents with a seriously ill child go on holiday. Last year Alice and her sister Milly were awarded a British Empire Medal for services to charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List. She also won the Pride of Britain Teenager of Courage award.
On completing her bucket list she said ‘I never expected it to be published to the whole world. I didn’t even expect to get the majority of my wishes fulfilled. Words can’t really explain it but I’m so happy it is done.’
So today I would like you to join me in celebrating the life of this beautiful, inspiring young woman, who touched so many lives, and will save many more through her tireless efforts to sign up more bone marrow donors to help others like her. The loss of her life is very sad…and yet there is so much we can learn from her…she lived more in her 17 years than most people do in a lifetime…I hope many are inspired by her example… x
As you know, I would love to acknowledge, honour and celebrate the women who have inspired you as well. So if there is someone that you believe should feature as a Fabulous Friday Female, then send me an email (email@example.com) with 3 simple details:
- Who is your Fabulous Friday Female? (Her name and location in the world)
- Why is she a Fabulous Friday Female to YOU? (How do you know her? What does she do? In what way is she inspiring?)
- A photo or link to a picture of her online (if there is a reason that you would prefer not to include a photo, just let me know)
So help me to share with all of our lovely ladies the real women who inspire YOU.
Merry Christmas…and remember, as always, to Stay Fabulous too!