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Stephen Sutton: ‘I’m still fighting,’ says teen cancer victim behind #ThumbsUpFor charity campaign


The terminally ill teenager who has raised more than £1.6m for charity said he is “still fighting” after fearing he was a “goner” just a few days ago when his lung collapsed.

Stephen Sutton, who was diagnosed with an incurable type of cancer in 2013, had written a touching farewell to his followers on Facebook, revealing he did think he had long to live.

However, on Thursday he said that he had an unexpected recovery. “The progress has continued to be good but steady,” he wrote. “I am still in a very vulnerable position.

“I am very limited in what I can do and am still permanently hooked up to oxygen.But I am in high spirits and blessed to have so much love and support around me.”

He has been sharing the story of his illness on social media as he looked to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

His initial target of £1m has been surpassed with the help of celebrities including Simon Pegg, Jason Manford and James Nesbitt and he is now on course to raise £2m.