A dying teenage cancer patient, who charted his illness on social media to raise thousands for charity, has issued a heartbreaking farewell to his followers. Stephen Sutton, who won the hearts of thousands of well-wishers by drawing up a bucket list to raise cash for other cancer sufferers, told his Facebook friends that it was his final thumbs up in the poignant picture.
Stephen, of Staffordshire in the UK, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2010, aged 15. Despite having the tumour removed from his bowel, it returned a year later. When doctors told him his cancer was terminal he drew up his bucket list to raise £10,000, then made it his aim to make £1million for charity when that target was surpassed.
Donations to his JustGiving page have shot up in the past 24 hours, with the total raised now standing at over £880,000
‘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 to. Apologies for that.
There was also so many exciting projects and things I didn’t get to see out… if you want to carry on the fundraising please do.’
After being told his cancer was incurable, the 19-year-old drew up a list of 46 tasks that he wanted to complete before his death. He has managed to tick off 35, and by chronicling his brave fight on his blog, Stephen’s Story, raised cash for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
The bucket-list tasks he completed included hugging an elephant, crowd-surfing in a rubber dinghy, playing the drums in front of 90,000 people at a Wembley cup final and delivering a speech about his fight with cancer at 10 Downing Street.
(Images and article source – Metro)