Terminally Ill Young Man Raises £2 Million for Charity

24 April 2014

By Yasmine

Stephen Sutton was diagnosed with bowel cancer at only 15 years old. Stephen, now 19, has raised over £2 million for Teenage Cancer Trust. He is now terminally ill with the disease and has given his final thumbs up after he began blogging about his journey 15 months, calling it Stephen’s Story.

Sutton shared a picture of himself on his hospital bed on Tuesday with a heart wrenching speech starting off by saying “it’s a final thumbs up from me!”

Many people around the country including celebrities such as Jason Manford, Russell Brand, Jack Whitehall, Phillip Schofield and The Vamps helped raise more than £250,000 overnight so Stephen was able to reach the £1 million goal for charity, which has since increased to £2 million. When he heard the news he tweeted “Thank you all so much”.

Stephen created a bucket list when he found out he was terminally ill, two years ago. Completed items on his bucket list include:

  • Get a tattoo
  • Star as an extra in a film or music video
  • Organise a charity football match
  • Skydive for charity
  • Organise a charity gig
  • Drum in front of 90,000 people
  • Crowd surf in a rubber dingy at a gig
  • Go busking

The 19 year old is truly inspirational and also tweeted “The whole situation is just breath-taking in many ways”. In his final Facebook post, Stephen also stated “I want you all to know I am currently in a good place mentally and at ease with the situation”.

Keep smiling Stephen



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