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After being diagnosed with terminal Hodgkin's lymphoma, British teenager Alice Pyne began pursuing a "bucket list" of things she hoped to accomplish before she died.
updated 8/22/2012 4:09:43 PM ET 2012-08-22T20:09:43

An inspirational teenager has completed her list of all the things she wanted to do after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Alice Pyne from Ulverston in northwest England became a worldwide Internet sensation when she published her “bucket list” online just over a year ago. Help came from pouring in from across the globe.

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The 16-year-old has been able to swim with sharks, go to her school prom and meet the band Take That. Now she’s celebrating completing her list with her latest adventure: whale watching in Canada.

“It was really amazing because in the beginning I didn’t even know it was going to get published, and so I didn’t expect half the things to get done, never mind finishing it,” Pyne said.

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Alice Pyne, left, speaks with a television reporter. Pyne and her sister are about to receive British Empire Medals for devoting time and resources to charitable efforts.

Alice had 17 items on her bucket list. Her mom gave her the idea to help take her mind off her terminal cancer. Her biggest achievement: Getting 40,000 people to join the bone marrow register.

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The teenager had hoped to become a dolphin trainer, but settled on swimming with sharks instead.  She also took part in a Labrador retriever show with her dog, Mabel. The last item on her list — whale watching — was something she’d given up hope of doing, but her parents surprised her by arranging the trip to Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Alice is still fund-raising for charity with her friends, and her parents are planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to give families with seriously ill youngsters vacations in the lakes.

“I mean, it’s just been incredible,” said Alice’s mother, Vicky Pyne. “We know that what’s going to happen to Alice is going to happen — you know, that doesn’t change — but we’ll always have these special times to look back at. People have made it amazing for us. And I’ve got so many friends in hospital who literally had weeks’ notice of their kids going and they didn’t get this time, so I can’t be miserable about it.”

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Video: Young couple’s love story cut tragically short (on this page)

After capturing some amazing memories, Alice and her sister, Milly, have one big celebration to come: Picking up their British Empire Medals for using their time to help others. The two teenage sisters have been recognized in Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday Honours list because of their charitable efforts.

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To read Alice Pyne's blog and see her entire bucket list, click here.

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Video: Young couple’s love story cut tragically short

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    >> back now at 8:11 with a love story cut far too short. a young bride loses her husband to cancer after just six weeks of marriage. it's a story that generated thousands of responses on our website. moving people in ways we rarely see. we're going to talk to the bride, bethany smith, in just a moment. but first, here's nbc's janet shamlian .

    >> reporter: the story of bethany and ryan in some ways is like many others in young love . they met their freshman year at the university of oregon and sparks flew. they were immediately, bethany describes it, joined at the hip. they graduated in 2009 , found jobs, settled in to an apartment, and knew the formality of tying the knot was not far off. in the meantime, they had the world by its tail. as they documented in pictures and home videos . indulging their passion for travel and adopting a cat. they named him boots. but ryan was feeling ill. a colonoscopy in january of last year revealed a large tumor in his colon. what turned out to be stage four testicular cancer . the diagnosis was initially hopeful and the couple tried to continue on with a normal life . ryan surprised bethany with an engagement ring last july. as his condition took a turn for the worse, reality set in. doctors said he had very little time left. in december, with just three days planning, and herculean help from their friends, bethany and ryan were married. despite ryan 's frail condition, it was a day filled with joy. they treasured every moment.

    >> here's our rings. and yours. they look so good.

    >> love you.

    >> reporter: ryan passed away six weeks later. while there is sadness, bethany says she sees a silver lining and hopes others will, too. she found her true life , the kind many spend a lifetime searching. for "today," janet shamlian , nbc news.


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