It has been just over 48 hours since the news broke that Stephen Sutton lost his fight against cancer. Just before 12 pm on the 14th May 2014, his mother posted on Facebook about Stephen’s death, she said:
My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning, ….
Since Stephen’s story broke in the news, none of us had ever heard of him… I recall reading about Stephen on Facebook in a post by Jason Manford, where he spoke of this remarkable teenager, who was losing his battle for cancer.
I openly admit, when the news broke of Stephen’s death, I shed a tear… why did I cry for someone I didn’t even know? It is simple really, because Stephen touched my heart. His braveness and dedication to funding raising, whilst battling a terminal illness, is remarkable. His selfless ways were exceptional and this young man was a credit to his parents.
Before his death Stephen wanted to raise £1,000,00 for Teenage Cancer Trust, he topped that just just by 200% but a whopping 376% and donations are still pouring in. Even after death… Stephen is still having a massive impact on this world… from above.
Cancer robbed Stephen, of time, his family, the chance of a family of his own, and so many things… but one thing it never robbed him of was his courage… his sense of humour and his desire to do good before he left this earth.
Stephen taught us all about courage, about wanting to do what is right… about thinking of others before thinking of your own needs. Stephen Sutton is an inspiration to all of us… an inspiration that has hopefully taught each and every one of us of how to be a better person.
My thoughts are with his family and his friends at this sad time… even though we can’t see you, touch you and talk to you, Stephen you are still here. Maybe not in person, but in our hearts. You will never be forgotten. I may not have met you Stephen but I applaud you. Thank you for gracing this earth and may you rest in peace.