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Donations for teenage cancer patient reach £1.5m

Nearly 60,000 people had donated to Stephen's fundraising page.

Donations to teenage cancer patient Stephen Sutton have passed the £1.5 million mark after his campaign for the Teenage Cancer Trust became an international story.

Nearly 60,000 people had donated to Stephen's cause via his JustGiving page at the time of writing.

After originally aiming to raise £10,000 for the charity, Stephen raised the target to £1 million as interest in his campaign grew.

Read: Teen passes £1m charity goal as cancer fight nears end

Pancreatic cancer 'poses growing threat'

A controversial pancreatic cancer awareness campaign launched recently.
A controversial pancreatic cancer awareness campaign launched recently. Credit: Pancreatic Cancer Action

Pancreatic cancer stands alone as an increasingly deadly threat to both men and women in Europe, a study has shown.

Experts called for priority to be given to preventing and treating the terrible disease, which is predicted to kill 82,300 people in the EU this year.

While proportionately more people are dying from pancreatic cancer, the new research recorded falling death rates for all but one of seven other types of the disease.

The exception was lung cancer - but only in women, due to the fact that generations of them took up smoking later than men, according to the findings published in the journal Annals of Oncology.

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Russell Brand and Simon Pegg add support for Stephen

British film stars Russell Brand and Simon Pegg are the latest big names to show their support for Stephen Sutton - a terminal cancer patient who has raised more than £1 million for charity.

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Celebrities tweet their support for teen cancer patient

Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington and comedian Sarah Millican have become the latest celebrities to show their support for cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton who has raised more than £1m for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Earlier, comic Jason Manford who had been supporting the campaign before it reached the £1m mark, urged people to keep donating to see if they could reach £2m.

The total on Stephen's Just Giving Page had reached nearly £1.5m at the time of writing.

Read: Cancer patient Stephen Sutton hits £1m charity target

'Stephen is something special' say supporters

One of those supporting Stephen Sutton in his bid to raise £1m for the Teenage Cancer Trust has been speaking about the reaction to Stephen's campaign.

Lee Woodward, who met Stephen because his wife works at Stephen's school, said he was not surprised the funding drive had been so successful.

Read: Comic's Twitter push for teen cancer sufferer's campaign

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Cancer charity: Stephen an 'extraordinary person'

The boss of the Teenage Cancer Trust charity says Stephen Sutton is an 'extraordinary person', who has given the charity an 'extraordinary 24 hours', after raising more than £1million.

Siobhan Dunn, the charity's Chief Executive, said they were a relatively small charity that raises £12million each year, but Stephen has managed more than £1million by himself.

She added that Stephen had done all he could to raise funds for the charity, as seven young people a day are diagnosed with cancer.

Stephen Sutton went skydiving just days after surgery

A teenager suffering from terminal cancer has smashed his fundraising target of £1 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust, but item number two on his bucket list was skydiving.

Stephen Sutton got the opportunity just days after an operation in June last year and posted this video for his followers.

He wrote on his YouTube page: "I still can't believe that after having an operation a few days ago and still having a drain in my leg I was actually allowed to jump, but I'm not complaining! It really was an amazing experience and would recommend it to everyone!"

He added: "In my case I've had to wait on the tragedy of cancer to remind me to have a brilliant time, but all you on the other hand have no excuses. That's just one of the messages I want to get across by doing this kind of thing...Life is way too short not to have fun."

Teen says thank you for 'breathtaking' fundraising total

Teenage cancer patient Stephen Sutton posted on Twitter moments after learning he had raised £1 million for charity, thanking those who had donated to the "breathtaking" effort:

Cancer patient Stephen Sutton hits £1m charity target

Teenage cancer patient Stephen Sutton has succeeded in raising his charity target of £1 million after donations for the 19-year-old flooded in this morning.

Donations to Stephen's chosen charity, the Teenage Cancer Trust, passed £750,000 overnight after he posted a message on his Facebook page revealing that his condition had deteriorated.

Charity fundraising was top of Stephen Sutton's 'bucket list'. Credit: Stephen's Story/Facebook

The next quarter of a million pounds was raised in just a few hours this morning, while Stephen remained in hospital fighting for his life, and funds continue to pour in on his Just Giving page.

The teenager - who was diagnosed with bowel cancer aged 15 - initially wrote on his 'bucket list' last year that he aimed to raise £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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