Photo via Facebook
A British mother is hoping that any of the thousands of people who pass through New York City’s Times Square every day can help her find the last gift her teenage daughter gave her before dying of cancer two years ago.
When Alice Pyne learned that her Hodgkin’s lymphoma was terminal, she gave her mother, Vicky Pyne, a necklace that had two charms: her fingerprint, and her younger sister Milly’s fingerprint. “She was just fourteen years old when she was told there was no more curative options — it became a priority for her to plan and leave memories behind for us,” Vicky wrote on Facebook on Monday. Vicky always wore the necklace, but realized it had fallen off her neck during a recent visit to New York. “We were seated upstairs in Applebee’s Restaurant for lunch (think it’s 6th/7th Ave) and it was definitely on when I arrived there as I adjusted it in bathroom and touched fingers with Alice — something I frequently do. That was around 1:30pm, Valentine’s Day. We left and meandered along from W 42nd towards W 34th Street. Visited Lush, American Eagle and a few stores and eventually turned back into Macy’s. It was missing when arriving back at Homewood Suites by Hilton on 37th.”
Vicky Pyne wearing the necklace her daughter gave her before she died. Photo via Facebook.
Alice Pyne, who died in 2013 at 17 years old, was the author of a popular blog, Alice’s Bucket List, in which she documented her final days and the things she wanted to do before she died. The blog became a viral sensation and, with the help and support of readers, Alice was able to cross off all of her to-dos, which included swimming with sharks, going whale watching in Canada, and meeting the band Take That. She and Milly were each awarded British Empire Medals, awarded for civil service by Queen Elizabeth, for their charity work, such as inspiring more than 40,000 people to register as bone marrow donors, according to the NY Daily News.
Alice Pyne. Photo via Facebook.
Vicky posted the news of the lost necklace on Alice’s Facebook page, where it has been shared more than 5,000 times. Yahoo Parenting could not reach Vicky for comment.
The necklace is Vicky’s most prized possession, she says. “I desperately want this necklace back,” she told NBC-4 in New York. “She left me a few things, but this is the most precious thing she left for me. I can never get Alice back, but I’m hoping I can get my necklace back.”