Posted on Nov 24, 2011 in Politics
It’s another post about something I’ve seen posted on a social network. This time it’s this message on twitter
A 15 year old girl who is terminal with cancer has made a bucket list. One of her wishes is to trend on Twitter. Give a RT #alicebucketlist
This sort a message can provoke a strong emotional response. Usually sadness about such a young girl having to suffer such a problem and possibly die shorty, then maybe when you read on you realise there is hope you can help this poor girl just by Retweeting the message, you can move on with your life happy that you’ve help someone in such a sitution.
Except if you are a big old sceptic like me. If you are, you probably are full of follow up questions like, who is Alice? Is she a real person, if so is there anything else I can do to help. A quick Google search for “Alice 15 year old girl terminal cancer” (alicebucketlist also works) reveals the following;
There is a 15 Year old Alice with Terminal Cancer called Alice, but she doesn’t have a wish to trend on twitter, she has wishes like “To get everyone eligible to join a bone marrow register” which are a little more demanding of people than pushing a single button on the internet.
So if you want to really help Alice. Why not visit her blog and facebook page, bid on her auction,or more importantly become a bone marrow donor, via the NHS, AnthonyNolan or one of the other donor registers around the world.
EDIT: Alice’s Bucket list hit the news in June, when after creating her blog her local MP, John Woodcock, raised the issue of Bone marrow donation during prime minister’s questions.