Stephen Sutton: Lemonade and £1,000,000

I wrote this post a few weeks ago, when Stephen became extremely ill…

The last few days have been tough. If I am being honest, 2014 has been tough. I’ve been handed lemon after lemon. However, when life has handed me those lemons, instead of making lemonade, I have got into a rather self-destructive rut of letting the lemons rot on the sideboard whilst blogging about my hatred of them.

Yesterday, I was attempting to distract myself from thinking about the loss of my little friend by trawling about on the internet, hoping to be inspired. I didn’t have to look very far. What I found wasn’t just inspirational, it jumped out of the screen and smacked me in the face.

ImageStephen Sutton is a 19 year old from the UK, who is dying from terminal cancer. As I write, he is in hospital and still fighting.

When Stephen was diagnosed he created a bucket list and started to blog about his life and his adventures on Facebook, including crowd surfing, sky diving, hugging random members of the public, hugging an animal bigger than himself, having his face cast… Over a short space of time he gained a large following and set up a ‘Just Giving’ charity donation page for the Teenage Cancer Trust, in the hope of raising £10,000, spending the last few months of his life fund-raising. He reached his target, and on Tuesday the total stood at £579,000.

Stephen posted a final message on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

It’s a final thumbs up from me! I’ve done well to blag things as well as I have up till now, but unfortunately I think this is just one hurdle too far.

It’s a shame the end has come so suddenly- there’s so many people I haven’t got round to properly thank or say goodbye too. Apologies for that.

There was also so many exciting projects and things I didn’t get to see out. Hopefully some will continue and if you want to carry on the fundraising please do ( is the link to donate to).

All future updates on this page will probably be from a family member. I hopefully may have the energy to write a few tweets (@_StephensStory). I will continue fighting for as long as I can, and whatever happens next I want you all to know I am currently in a good place mentally and at ease with the situation.

That’s it from me. But life has been good. Very good.

Thank you to my mum and the rest of my family for everything. Thank you to my friends for being amazing. Thank you to my medical team for the hard work and effort they’ve continually they’ve put towards me. And thank you everyone else for sharing this wonderful journey with me.

I love you all x

Stephen had a final wish – that his charity page could reach £1,000,000. And the world listened and responded. As I write, the total stands at £1,612,000. Donations have flooded in from all over the world and thousand of pounds are being donated every minute. Comedian Jason Manford, who has supported Stephen throughout and who has spent the last few days tirelessly promoting the campaign on national and international media tweeted “He bloody did it.” Stephen’s response on Twitter was amazing:

“Wow. Just wow. Thank you all so much.”

Jason Manford has continued the fundraising, starting a #thumbsupforStephen, which has spurred the campaign on even further.

ImageAnd as an aside (which made me cry), on his bucket list at No.40 is

‘Get Tim Minchin’ to write a song for me.

Tim did just that, and emailed it across to his brother yesterday. I hope he liked it.

Stephen was handed lemons, a whole bag of them. And with them, he didn’t just make a bit of lemonade, he created gallons of it that he shared with millions of people around the world.

And if that doesn’t motivate you to get up and do something with your life, nothing will.

My love to you Stephen, you’re an inspiration to us all. Safe journey.

If you wish to donate to Stephen’s Just Giving page, simply click on this link

You can also follow his story on Twitter @_StephensStory and see his achievements on his Facebook page

Edit: Stephen passed away this morning, Wednesday 14th May. He has raised nearly £3,500,000. My love and thoughts go out to his friends and family. What an inspirational young man…


33 thoughts on “Stephen Sutton: Lemonade and £1,000,000

  1. Inspirational! And just a thought for you, Suzie, with your comment that one person can make a difference (and with you being a teacher you really can):

    “To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world”.

  2. What an inspiring story! I wonder how many of us have bucket lists and how many of those items get a tick next to them? I have heard of similar stories to Stephen’s where a person with a terminal illness has shared their bucket list and aimed to tick off as many items as possible. We should all be aiming to complete our lists before ill health or circumstances dictate otherwise. We are only here once! Live in the moment

  3. So sorry about your recent bout with lemonade. Sorry about the loss of a little friend, too. This just gets me to thinking about the world of children, many who face death, and how brave and selfless they can sometimes be! Stephen’s bucket list could be one we all could learn from. Thanks, Suzie!

  4. Reblogged this on Suzie81 Speaks and commented:

    Stephen passed away this morning – my love and thoughts go out to his family and friends… At the time of his passing he had raised £3,000,000. Proof that one person can indeed make a difference…

  5. So sorry you lost a little friend and life has been tough for you. Out of sadness and loss come many different things. My own friend lost her son last year. He was 13 and had leukemia, we are still all devastated but it has put me in touch with a charity called set up by a father when he lost his eight year old princess. They do simple work, such as paying the mortgage for a month for a family who are not able to work because they are at their childs bedside, they give dry suits to little ones on Chemo so they can swim despite having a hickman line in, they send a birthday present by post to every child on St Johns Ward, they send a team to draw a mural on a childs bedroom wall as many children spend a lot of time in bed, and a hundred more things. All from the grief of one father. Inspirational. I find it hard to moan when I look at my friend and see everyday what APT are doing.

  6. I just saw the news about Steven. Your post is inspiring. (I wasn’t getting notifications by email so have had to resubscribe to your blog – hope it works).

  7. Ironically, I only heard about this yesterday, the day he passed. I stumbled onto his facebook page by accident, I’m honestly not even sure how I got there! But his story is so inspiring and really goes a ways to remind us all to make the best of every situation and experience because the fact that we even exist at all, and are experiencing things of any kind is kind of a miracle in and of itself.

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