Donations Pour In After Teenage Cancer Patient Gives “Final Thumbs Up”

Stephen Sutton was diagnosed with bowel cancer at the age of 15.

1. A teenager with terminal cancer has raised £1 million for charity after delivering a “final thumbs-up” message on Facebook.

Stephen Sutton, 19, was diagnosed with bowel cancer when he was just 15 years old and two years later was told it was terminal.

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2. He later drew up a bucket list of 46 tasks he wanted to complete before his death to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, with an original target of £10,000.

One of the tasks was to “hug an animal bigger than me”.

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3. He also managed to go skydiving shortly after an operation last year.

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4. And visited Downing Street.

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5. Met comedian Jimmy Carr.

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6. Went crowd-surfing at a gig in a rubber dinghy.

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7. And met England captain Steven Gerrard.

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8. On Tuesday evening, he posted an emotional message on Facebook apologising for not having enough time to say goodbye to everyone.

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9. Throughout his ordeal, Sutton has continued to update his Facebook followers on his condition.

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11. At the time of writing, Sutton had raised over £870,000 towards a target of £1 million, with “Stephen’s Story” trending heavily on Twitter and Facebook.

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12. The 19-year-old continued to tweet his thanks on Tuesday evening.

Perked up quite a bit since earlier. Still here, still fighting, still very weak, but still smiling :)

— Stephen's Story (@_StephensStory)
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Truly humbled by all the support, I am following it as best as I can an it is all hugely appreciated

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Tonight's show of love and support epitomises how great people can be

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The world is a truly wonderful place

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Hanging in here as best I can :)

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17. You can donate to Sutton’s JustGiving page here.

You can also donate via Stephen's Justgiving page #stephensstory

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18. Click here to visit the 19-year-old’s website and read more about his story.

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19. Update — April 23, 11:20 a.m. BST:

The donations to Sutton’s JustGiving page have now passed £1 million.

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20. And Sutton has resumed tweeting his thanks having seen the total raised.

The whole situation is just breathtaking in many ways!!

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But seriously... Wow. Just wow. Thank you all so much :)

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Richard James is the UK news editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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