Teenage cancer fundraiser Stephen Sutton has died peacefully in his sleep, his mother said on his Facebook page.
The 19-year-old, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, raised more than £3.2m for the Teenage Cancer Trust after news of his plight spread on social media. His mother announced on Facebook that he passed away peacefully in his sleep last night, saying:
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.
His mom x
Stephen has left behind a wonderful legacy, with such little time. RIP.
Stephen Sutton, 19, was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 15. When he was 17, he learned it was terminal. That’s when he made a bucket list. Sutton dreamed up 46 experiences to complete in the short years he had left, from “hugging an animal bigger than me” to crowd-surfing. But the greatest task he set out to accomplish was raise one million pounds for a charity called the Teenage Cancer Trust. (Sutton’s original goal was 10,000 pounds, but he upped the goal last year after achieving the amount.)
On Tuesday, Sutton posted a message to his Facebook page as a “final thumbs up,” saying goodbye and thanking everyone from family members to his medical team. He also asked that people continue to support his fundraiser, which had yet to reach the million-pound goal. Hours after Sutton’s message, donations began pouring in. “Stephen’s Story” also began trending on Twitter and Facebook. At time of writing, the fundraiser has raised almost 1.4 million pounds with more than 53,000 donators. He has no uploaded a video to explain his story and to thank everyone (see video description message below).
The last couple of days have been pretty surreal. Earlier on this week my disease took a pretty sharp turn for the worse, but thankfully I am still here. The reach and impact my story has had on people since then has just been unimaginable and very humbling.
I’ve always enjoyed helping others, and after being in discussions with Make A Wish foundation for a while, decided I wanted my wish with them to be to “spread my story and positivity with as many people as possible”. To make this happen, we made this film. I thoroughly hope you enjoy the video, and hope you can help out by sharing it with as many people as possible!
I am still pretty weak at the moment so don’t have the energy to write much. If you’re completely new to #stephensstory the quickest way to get up to speed with things would probably be to visit www.facebook.com/stephensstory and read the last few updates. You can also visit www.stephensstory.co.uk but this doesn’t hold any accounts of the last few days.
Recently the fundraising total has surpassed over £2.3million for Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity who have helped me hugely these past few years and that will continue to help other young people with cancer like me in the future. To donate £5 to Teenage Cancer Trust just text STEPHEN to 70300 or alternatively you can donate at http://www.justgiving.com/stephen-sutton-TCT