Stephen’s Story

April is bowel cancer awareness month and we’ve heard a lot of your stories regarding how you have been raising support and awareness of the killer disease. However, one story which has hit the headlines and touched the nations heart is Stephen’s story.

Stephen Sutton, of Staffordshire UK, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer in 2010 at the young age of 15 and underwent surgery to have the tumour removed. It returned a year later and since spread to his knee, groin and pelvis. When doctors told Stephen the cancer was incurable, he drew up a bucket list of 46 things he wants to do before he dies. Quite a few of these items involved raising support and awareness of cancer and funding charities because he wants to help as many people as possible.


Stephen's Story - Bucketlist

#ThumbsUpforStephen – ticking off his bucket list one by one – hugging an elephant at West Midlands Safari Park.


So far, Stephen has ticked off 35 which included a selfie with Jimmy Carr, crowd surfing in a rubber dingy at a gig and hugging an elephant at West Midlands Safari Park. The involvement in charity involved him organising a charity gig, ball and quizzes at local pubs, but the one that caught the worlds attention was the social aspect of celebrities spreading the word on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #ThumbsUpForStephen.

Amongst the celebrities we saw Simon Pegg, Bill Bailey, Russell Brand, Jason Manford, Robbie Williams, not to mention many more, holding up their messages to encourage donations which has now passed the £3 million mark on JustGiving.


  The incredible, inspirational and motivational story can be found at and you can show your support on Twitter, Facebook and donate via JustGiving where proceeds go to @TeenageCancer.  

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