Stephen Sutton, the British blogger and charity activist, known for his blog "Stephen's Story" and his Teenage Cancer Trust, died in the early hours of
14 May 2014, of
colorectal cancer, aged 19.
In a post announcing Stephen's death, Jane Sutton said he was a "courageous, selfless, inspirational son". Ms Sutton said in her statement: "My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son.
Sutton , this special person , was known for the Teenage Cancer Trust http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teenage_Cancer_Trust charity for the aid of teenagers with cancer.
As of 14 May 2014, Sutton had raised £3,367,960.53, more than triple the original goal.Sutton was born on 16 December 1994, and attended primary and secondary school in his home town of Burntwood. During his youth, Sutton was a very active child, participating in sports and athletics, particularly long-distance running and football. Sutton graduated with straight As from
August 2012, and had interviews at Chase Terrace Technology College to
study medicine, as well as universities in Cambridge University Leicester and Leeds.
He later withdrew his applications before getting a verdict, after his cancer was determined to be incurable. Sutton was diagnosed with stage 3B colorectal cancer at the age of 15, and subsequently went through aggressive radiation and chemotherapy treatments. In December 2012, two years after the initial diagnosis, the cancer was deemed incurable after speading to the lungs and liver. Following a lung collapse on
April 22, 2014, Sutton was put on
life-support but in a stable condition. After
his diagnosis, Sutton began participating in charity events with the Teenage
Cancer Trust, and later started his own website and blog in January 2013.
At the same time, he began fundraising with the Teenage Cancer Trust, with an initial goal of £10,000. Following unexpected support, the goal was raised to £100,000 and £500,000 the same year, before being raised to £1,000,000 in March 2014. During his fundraising campaign, Sutton was supported by several celebrities, most notably Jimmy Carr, Jonathan Ross and Jason Manford, the latter whom donated £10,000 whilst also giving all the turnovers from his own comedy club for the entire month of April to the charity. Following Sutton's hospitalization in April 2014, Manford became the unofficial spokesperson for the charity, appearing in interviews promoting the cause. He also launched the campaign "#thumbsupforStephen", asking people to share "selfies" of themselves promoting the campaign. On
3 May 2014, Sutton was discharged from the
hospital following a sharp improvement in his condition. Later that same day he
also met with Prime Minister David Cameron, who voiced his support for the
campaign. Sutton's final goal of £1,000,000 was reached on 23 April 2014, and
by 8 May he had raised over £3.2 million. On 14 May, he had raised over £3.36
million for the charity. On 4 May
2014, he helped break the Guinness World Record for
'The most amount of people making heart-shaped hand gestures'.
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