Inspirational Teen Who Raised Millions for Charity Dies of Cancer
My heart sank this morning when I read that Stephen Sutton lost his life to cancer. Stephen was an inspiring young man and a true hero.
19-year-old Stephen from England made headlines by raising over $3 million dollars for the The Teenage Cancer Trust charity, after he posted an emotional farewell message to the followers of his Stephen’s Story Facebook page. Stephen was diagnosed with bowel cancer three years ago and had hoped to raise $10,000 dollars for the charity as part of his bucket list, but his farewell message quickly went viral and it wasn't too long before celebrities found themselves making donations to the charity.
Stephen's farewell posted on his Facebook page read:
It's a final thumbs up from me! I've done well to blag things as well as I have up till now, but unfortunately I think this is just one hurdle too far. It's a shame the end has come so suddenly- there's so many people I haven't got round to properly thank or say goodbye too. Apologies for that. There was also so many exciting projects and things I didn't get to see out. Hopefully some will continue and if you want to carry on the fundraising please do (justgiving.com/stephen-sutton-TCT is the link to donate to). All future updates on this page will probably be from a family member. I hopefully may have the energy to write a few tweets (@_StephensStory). I will continue fighting for as long as I can, and whatever happens next I want you all to know I am currently in a good place mentally and at ease with the situation. That's it from me. But life has been good. Very good. Thank you to my mum and the rest of my family for everything. Thank you to my friends for being amazing. Thank you to my medical team for the hard work and effort they've continually they've put towards me. And thank you everyone else for sharing this wonderful journey with me.
Stephen died in his sleep this morning and his mom broke the news by posting to Stephen's Facebook page: "My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 14th May. The ongoing support and outpouring of love for Stephen will help greatly at this difficult time, in the same way as it helped Stephen throughout his journey. We all know he will never be forgotten, his spirit will live on, in all that he achieved and shared with so many."