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.

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”.

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.

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

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.

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)

Truly humbled by all the support, I am following it as best as I can an it is all hugely appreciated

— Stephen's Story (@_StephensStory)

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

— Stephen's Story (@_StephensStory)

The world is a truly wonderful place

— Stephen's Story (@_StephensStory)

Hanging in here as best I can :)

— Stephen's Story (@_StephensStory)

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

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

— Teenage Cancer Trust (@TeenageCancer)

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

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

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

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

The whole situation is just breathtaking in many ways!!

— Stephen's Story (@_StephensStory)

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

— Stephen's Story (@_StephensStory)

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