Cops Fulfill Teen's Odd Bucket List Wish

After leukemia returned, Alyssa Elkins decided she wanted to fire a Taser
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 30, 2017 11:33 AM CST
Cops Fulfill Teen's Odd Bucket List Wish
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When Alyssa Elkins sat down with her eight siblings to write a bucket list, she thought about a video she'd seen of her uncle being struck by a Taser during his training with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. She added firing a Taser to the list, partly as a joke. And yet the Ohio teen found herself bringing down Sergeant Doug Bline with a Taser at the Newark Police Department on Sunday. Bline, who willingly volunteered for the task, says it was well worth the pain. After beating her leukemia into remission, Alyssa, 16, discovered her cancer had returned on Jan. 19, leaving her with less than six months to live, reports the Columbus Dispatch.

Her bucket list "lets us focus on other things," her dad says. Firing a Taser "was awesome," adds Alyssa, per 10TV. It wasn't the only excitement she's experienced recently. She also tried on a wedding dress, got a miniature pig, and had friends drop her message in a bottle into the ocean. Next up, she'll visit Disney World with her family in February. She also hopes to see New York, Cedar Point, and get a tattoo, per WCMH. But for now, "I'm very, very grateful and appreciative for everything that everybody's doing for me," Alyssa says. And even given her prognosis, "I'm not really scared. If [God] takes me, I know where I'm going." (A teen's dying act fulfilled her bucket list.)

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