With the help of complete strangers, one U.K. mom with terminal cancer is finally seeing some of her dreams come true.
Over the weekend, Gillan Harper posted a plea on his Facebook page asking people to help finish off his wife Kerryann Harper’s bucket list. The list includes everything from skydiving to riding a bike at Central Park to seeing Britney Spears live in Las Vegas.
A year ago, the mom-of-one was diagnosed with an ocular melanoma in her left eye and soon, a tumour had spread to her liver, Kerryann wrote on her Instagram page.
“The only thing I can think of is to let Kerryann have the experience through yourselves; the stranger, friend or simply anyone kind enough to help. Have a look at the bucket list, if you have it in your heart to help complete this for Kerryann. That alone will bring a smile to her face,” Harper wrote.
The 36-part bucket list includes swimming with dolphins, a road trip around Canada and going to an NBA basketball game.
“She is the strongest person I’ve ever met and I hope our daughter Emely has half the strength — which I assume will make her a superhero. I will of course complete every single thing on her bucket list with our daughter Emely when she is old enough to understand,” Harper continued.
Along with the hashtag #ForKerryann, Harper’s post went viral, collecting more than 17,000 comments and 30,000 shares. People from all walks of life were chiming in and completing his wife’s bucket list, along with photo proof.
“I would love to show her some videos of people doing things just to see her smile again. I know most wont know her but I can promise you, if you ever met Kerryann for more than five minutes you would understand how amazing she is,” he continued. “She is the most beautiful person I’ve met inside and out and would put herself last in a room full of strangers to see any one of them smile.”
Users tick off bucket list
Scrolling through Harper’s post, strangers have been posting everything from beautiful sunsets to burlesque shows to even whale watching.
User Nicola Duckett shared an image of seeing Britney in Vegas.
User Hannah Humphreys posted an image of taking a road trip through Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal.
Lauren Tuck posted a photo of herself meeting a dolphin in Spain.
Louise Holmes shared a picture celebrating her partner’s birthday in Thailand — Harper said she wanted to celebrate her birthday one year in a different country.
The family has also set up a GoFundMe account for Kerryann, encouraging people to continue fulfilling her bucket list and using the #ForKerryann hashtag.
Here is Kerryann’s full bucket list.
See Emely’s face on Christmas day with lots of presents
Use a gun at a shooting range
Drive a fast car
Go to a burlesque show/bar
Go to Wales
See more of Scotland
Go to a masquerade ball
Meet an A-list celebrity
Go to a film premiere
Be in the Graham Norton audience
See The Lion King on stage
Spend my birthday in another country
Spend Christmas/ NYE in a lodge in the mountains
Have my dad walk me down the aisle
Get a full body exfoliation and Turkish bath
To be an extra in a film
Drive an old classic soft top car
Swim with dolphins
Shark dive in a cage
See the northern lights in Iceland
Take Emely to Disney Florida
Take Emely to Lapland
Go to Dubai
Roadtrip round America
Roadtrip round Canada
See Pink in concert
See Britney in Vegas
Go to a country music festival
Go to Coachella
Go to The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Fly first class long haul
Go to an American basketball game
Cycle round Central Park NYC
Spend Thanksgiving or 4th July in the States
Run through a cornfield