Stephen Sutton

Stephen Sutton

Updated May 15, 2014 at 09:12PM EDT by Brad.

Added May 15, 2014 at 02:31AM EDT by Gashadokuro.

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Stephen Sutton was a British blogger and charity activist best known for his blog Stephen’s Story and his fundraising efforts for the Teenage Cancer Trust charity. On May 14th, 2014, Sutton died of colorectal cancer at age of 19.

Online History

In 2010, Sutton was diagnosed with stage B3 colorectal cancer [1] at age of 15. In the following years, Sutton went through aggressive radiation and chemotherapy treatments, but by December 2012, the cancer had spread to his lungs and liver and it was deemed incurable.

The Bucket List

On January 13th, 2010, Stephen Sutton launched a Facebook page titled “Stephen’s Story” to share his bucket list of 46 things he wanted to achieve in the near future, which ranged from learning how to juggle and meeting the comedian Jimmy Carr to going on a ‘Lads Holidays’ and crowd surfing on an inflatable boat at a concert.

Note: Item in bold indicates that the goal has been completed.

1) Raise £10,000 £1,000,000 for teenage cancer trust

2) Skydive for charity

3) Bungee jump for charity

4) Organize a charity party

5) Charity waxing and head shave

6) Write a book

7) Release a “tumour humour” joke book containing funny stories and anecdotes from cancer that can help others to look at the brighter side

8) Organize a charity football match

9) Do a charity hitchhike visiting every Teenage Cancer Trust unit across the country

10) Write, record and release a charity single with my old band

11) Organize a charity gig

12) Go busking!

13) Persuade local schools to have a ‘get wiggy with it’ non uniform day

14) Charity quizzes at local pubs

15) Oganize a charity ball

16) Host a charity ‘Come Dine With STE’ dinner party for friends

17) Organize and be part of a flash mob

18) Organize a gigantic game of musical chairs/pass the parcel/etc

19) Go to a carnival in Brazil.

20) Go to Wembley to see a football match

21) Go to Twickenham to see a rugby match

22) Fly somewhere first class

23) Get a tattoo

24) Drum in front of a huge crowd

25) Do some public speaking in front of a huge crowd of people

26) Go visit a famous waterfall

27) Throw a massive party for all my friends

28) Go on a ‘lads holiday’

29) Go to Australia

30) Hug an animal that is bigger than me

31) Ride a Segway

32) Go to a Skrillex concert

33) Go see a darts competition

34) Get my name into the Guinness World Book of Records somehow

35) Go to CERN in Switzerland

36) Meet Jimmy Carr

37) Go to another music festival

38) Find someone with more surgical scars than me (>47cm worth)

39) Star as an extra in a film or music video

40) Get Tim Minchin to write a song for me

41) Learn to juggle

42) Inspire someone else to become a doctor or fundraiser

43) Have my portrait drawn

44) Crowd surf in a rubber dingy at a gig

45) Try breathing in xenon or sulphur dioxid eand talking (has the opposite effect of helium)

46) Visit Machu Picchu in Peru

Teenage Cancer Trust

That same day, Sutton also launched a fundraising campaign for Teenage Cancer Trust[3], a UK-based charity that focuses on the needs of young cancer patients, with an initial goal of £10,000. Within 72 hours of launch, the page reached 1,000 likes, and by end of March that same year, Stephen’s Story had received 5,000 page likes. On April 23rd 2014, the campaign reached its revised goal of £1 million, and by mid-May 2014, Sutton’s campaign had raised more than £3.4 million, and over £4 million with the inclusion of Gift Aid donations


Following Sutton’s hospitalization in April 2014, British comedian Jason Manford became the unofficial spokesperson for the charity and appeared in numerous interviews to promote the cause. Manford also launched the hashtag campaign #thumbsupforStephen[4], asking people to share selfies of themselves promoting his campaign.


After his goal was met on April 23rd 2014, he was discharged from the hospital due to improvements in his condition. During this time, he met Prime Minister David Cameron (shown below, left) and broke the record for the most number of people making heart shaped gestures (shown below, right).


On the early hours of May 14th 2014, Stephen Sutton had died in his sleep from colorectal cancer at age of 19.

Prime Minister David Cameron had praised him for his “spirit and bravery”, following his death, a spark of tributes spread across Twitter and Facebook.

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