Think back to your teenage years, probably pretty ordinary, mood-swings, acne, first time experiences with sex & alcohol, all part of the coming of age.
So what about if you were diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer at the age of 15?
I’m not sure about you, but personally speaking I’m not sure I’d be able to carry on with a positive attitude, I’d be too busy focusing on my looming death and feeling sorry for myself.
Meet Stephen Sutton, a 19 year old Staffordshire UK teenager that had to face that very horror. It’s unfair, no? Of course it’s unfair but Stephen is a very different kind of individual, not only has he had to deal with terminal bowel cancer, he has converted the majority of his negative feelings into something worthwhile. Stephen has been raising money for a teenage cancer charity everyday since, working tirelessly even at the lowest points of his illness through social media and various fundraising events during the last few years.
It’s wonderful to see such dedication from somebody who, although will not beat this vile disease himself, is fighting to give those a chance of survival in the future.
A completely selfless act, right in the face of adversity.
What makes this ongoing story so fantastic is that Stephen has now gone viral, he had the wish of raising £1 million pounds before his untimely death, and after tweeting a picture saying ‘a last thumbs up from me’ he managed to touch peoples hearts and raised his target amount! Stephen feels he can’t fight any longer, which is unfortunate, this earth is losing a truly inspirational individual.
A popular UK comedian, Jason Manford, has been following Stephens story, and donated quite a generous amount to help Steven see his dream come true.
Encouraging yet more donations and a new target of £2 million pounds before Steven passes, which unfortunately could be any time now.
Manford said of Steven: “he is not bitter that he has to leave the party early, he is just happy to have been invited”
A very moving and inspiring way of thinking.
Stephen had other things on his bucket list, many of them he managed to achieve, such as playing the drums in front of 90,000 people, hugging an elephant and getting a tattoo.
Right now Stephen is laying in a hospital bed waiting to die, not scared, but prepared.
He has left a legacy, do we all have half as much courage as he does?
It sure puts things into perspective, I was feeling sad today, missing somebody, not feeling too happy, but then I happened upon Stephen, and realised things could be so much worse, and yet this dying teenager has a much more positive attitude than I do.
My, and indeed most of us, our lives are trivial in comparison, we simply do not appreciate what we do have until its gone, that’s the sad side of life.
Steven inspired my day, made me question a few things, but most of all, he restored my faith in humanity.
He is a real hero, doing more for us on this earth in 4 years than most of us could do in a full life time.
And I can only hope he is rewarded on the other side.
Thanks for reading,
If you’re in the UK you can Text STEPHEN TO 70500 to donate £5 or to justgiving.com/Stephen-Sutton.