Stephen Sutton: Terminally-ill teenage cancer sufferer raises £1m for charity after posting 'final thumbs-up' on Facebook
Teenager calls the news 'breathtaking' in many ways
Wednesday 23 April 2014
A terminally-ill teenager posted a "final thumbs-up" in an emotional message to his followers on Facebook - sparking an online response that has helped to raise more than £1m for charity.
Stephen Sutton was diagnosed with colorectal cancer four years ago. Last year he was told it was inoperable, prompting him to write a 'bucket list' of 46 things he wanted to achieve - including raising £1m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Reacting to the news, Stephen tweeted that he the whole situation was "breathtaking".
He also took time to thank everyone that had donated on his Just Giving page.
Yesterday, Stephen posted his thanks to supporters and said that he was coming to the end of his "wonderful journey".
The whole situation is just breathtaking in many ways!!- Stephen's Story (@_StephensStory) April 23, 2014
But seriously... Wow. Just wow. Thank you all so much :)- Stephen's Story (@_StephensStory) April 23, 2014
He said: "All your messages and support have helped hugely in this - I have not had chance to read them all and will not get to reply to them all, but trust me when I say they are greatly appreciated.
"Unfortunately I haven't got much time left, but I just want to reiterate to you all what a great time I've had recently. I don't really want to die, but hopefully my journey has influenced a lot of people for the better and taught people not to take life for granted.”
"I will fight as hard as I can, but if the worst happens I just want to say thank you all for sharing the journey with me - it's been wonderful."
Within a few hours of the post, the figure on Stephen's JustGiving page had risen from £600,000 to over £800,000.
Celebrities including Clare Balding, Piers Morgan and Stan Collymore all used twitter to urge people to support Stephen, and comedian Jason Manford pledged £10,000 to the cause.
To date, more than £1m has been donated.
Stephen's 49,000 twitter followers and 118,000 Facebook friends have been able to follow Stephen’s progress during his bucket list exploits.
In the last 14 months, he has played drums in front of 90,000 at Wembley, performed two skydives and spoken to Parliament about his illness.
And this coincided with the donations pouring in.
After passing the £500,000 in March, Stephen then set his sights on £1m.
To donate to the Teenage Cancer Trust, click here
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