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.
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.
“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.
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.