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Two year anniversary of Stephen Sutton's death

Stephen Sutton Credit: Teenage Cancer Trust

Today (May 14) marks two years on since the death of Stephen Sutton MBE from Burntwood in Staffordshire, who died from bowel cancer aged 19.

Stephen inspired hundreds of thousands of people across the world with his positive attitude and ‘bucket list’ of things he wanted to achieve in the time he had left.

He also fundraised £5.5 million for charity the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The charity said the money Stephen raised will contribute to 16 Teenage Cancer Trust specialist units in NHS hospitals across 12 cities, doubling the number of units to benefit originally announced in 2014.

Jane and Stephen Sutton Credit: Teenage Cancer Trust

His mother, Jane Sutton, has become an official Ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust. Jane has taken on a range of challenges, including running the Virgin Money London Marathon and jumping out of a plane for the record-breaking Skydive for Stephen.

Jane has also taken part in numerous local fundraising events in the West Midlands and kept Stephen’s Story supporters regularly updated on Stephen’s Story Facebook page.

Jane said:

“Not a day goes by when I don’t miss my brave, brilliant son, but when I think about everything he achieved and how much he’s helping other young people, it makes me feel so proud. He touched many lives with his positivity, and Stephen’s Story will go on.

“So many people say that Stephen inspired them, and none more so than me. With his voice in my ear, I’ve run a marathon, jumped out of a plane and in a few months, I’ll be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro.

"I’m honoured to call myself an Ambassador for Teenage Cancer Trust, and feel privileged to be able to continue to spread Stephen’s unique message of positivity. It’s fantastic to know that Stephen’s legacy is helping other young people going through a similar cancer experience.”

– Jane Sutton, Stephen's mother
Yellow ribbons in Burntwod to remember Stephen Credit: Teenage Cancer Trust

Kate Collins, Director of Fundraising & Marketing at Teenage Cancer Trust, said:

“Stephen was the most incredible young man and our report shows how he is helping us take huge steps forward for young people with cancer. We always make sure that every penny given to Teenage Cancer Trust achieves as much as possible for young people with cancer and the donations inspired by Stephen are no different.

"We’ve worked really hard to make the money go far, and because of this, and the fact that people are still inspired and supporting Stephen’s Story, we’re now able to do more to improve the experience of young people with cancer than we originally hoped."

– Kate Collins