Story

Hi! My name’s Stephen and I’m pretty much like your average teenager- except for the last three years now I’ve been battling cancer. The current opinion voiced by my doctors is that my disease is incurable, and as a result I want to spend as much time as possible raising funds for a charity very close to my heart.

Last year I posted a bucketlist online and start blogging my journey on www.facebook.com/stephensstory. Since then “Stephen’s Story” has grew exponentially and I’ve achieved all kinds of fun and wonderful things. Feel free to check out www.stephensstory.co.uk to find out more.

Number 1 on my bucketlist, and by far the most important thing to me, was to raise £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust… but I think it’s fair to say we’ve smashed that total!!! But why stop there?!  With everyone’s help we currently have a platform to achieve something truly special, so I have upped the new target to ONE MILLION- yes, one million- pounds!!!

Your support in achieving this target would be hugely appreciated. Personally I’ve always found the best way to help yourself is to help others, so please consider helping out!

Teenage Cancer Trust have helped me hugely throughout my own cancer battle and helped shape who I am and my positive attitude today. They offer hope and a sense of community to young people with cancer like myself, and directly help face associated pragmatic and emotional issues. In my own words, here is a brief introduction to the work Teenage Cancer Trust does:
- They provide specialist units where Teenagers and Young Adults like me can be treated. These wards invaluably allow me to spend time being treated with other patients my own age and the ward itself contains age appropriate items (PS3’s, musical instruments, WiFi, etc) to help keep morale high while receiving treatment.
- They fund an annual conference called “Find Your Sense of Tumour”. The event is attended by young people with cancer from across the country. Throughout the day there are motivational speakers and health professionals talking about issues to do with cancer, alongside complementary therapy and activity sessions, combined with lots of opportunity to socialise with other young cancer patients. The event is just fantastic and is a life changing experience for many young cancer patients (me included), providing them with the confidence to help them through their current treatment and general life in the future.
- They educate young people about issues and information to do with cancer. Delayed diagnosis is a common problem experienced by Teenagers and Young Adults with cancer- myself included. If I knew what symptoms to look out for I could have been diagnosed quicker, and perhaps my current prognosis could be better. Statistically 1 in 3 of us will get cancer at some point in our lives, so why not learn all the facts about it at an early age?
- They are involved with research that helps improve the care Teenage and Young Adult cancer patients receive.
- They fund specialist healthcare professionals that support young cancer patients and families throughout their medical journey. For example, I regularly have contact with a specialist Teenage and Young Adult Lead Nurse (who, for example, is there providing invaluable pragmatic support before and after every hospital consultation I have been to) and a Youth Support Coordinator (who organises things like social evenings, workshops and other activities that me and other young cancer patients can benefit from).
- Through time on the ward, social evenings, Find Your Sense of Tumour and other ways, Teenage Cancer Trust have offered me the opportunity to meet other young people with cancer, and have gained something I call my “Cancer Friends”. We have formed an invaluable support network where we help each other through our illness and life in general, while meeting up regularly having good times and experiences in the process.
-And lots more.

To summarise, Teenage Cancer Trust believes that a teenager shouldn't stop being a teenager just because they've got cancer. The support they provide makes a huge difference to people, real people, like me. So please dig deep, be generous and donate- thank you!!


Raising money for

Teenage Cancer Trust

Teenage Cancer Trust

Charity Registration No. 1062559

We are dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young cancer patients aged 13-24. We fund and build specialist units in NHS hospitals and provide dedicated staff, bringing young people together so they can be treated by teenage cancer experts in the best place for them.

Donations 182233

So inspirational!

Donation by Anonymous on 28/04/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Jane your as inspirational as your Stephen

Donation by Anonymous on 27/04/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Just an inspiration

Donation by Anonymous on 27/04/15

£10.00

I made a promise to myself last year when Stephen passed that I would donate when I had a bit more money and could afford to, one year on, I'm fulfilling that promise. Stephen, What an amazing man!

Donation by Nat Page on 27/04/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

I made a promise to myself when Stephen passed that I would donate to his fantastic cause when I could afford to. One year on, I'm fulfilling that promise! What an amazing and inspirational young man.

Donation by Nat Page on 27/04/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well Done Jane !!! Inspirational x

Donation by Mrs B on 27/04/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Reminded of this INSPIRATIONAL young man (and his wonderful Mum, and family) on today's This Morning programme - PLEASE keep giving x x

Donation by Diana Lowery on 27/04/15

£50.00

Donation by Anonymous on 27/04/15

Well done Jane on your marathon run. I read about it on Facebook and read your post. Brilliant achievement - you are amazing x

Donation by Emma on 27/04/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Jane a joy to see you today and hug it out at Tower Hill. Stephen would be so very proud. What else did he want you to do!!! I'm still inspired by you all as a family/his mates & him, well done xxx

Donation by Pd/UEFA on 26/04/15

A maraton is such an achievement ..... Well done xxx

Donation by C. Maslen on 26/04/15

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Sandy Price on 27/04/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

A massive well done Jane, what a great achievement xx

Donation by Anonymous on 26/04/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Your son will always remain in my mind as the most inspirational person I have ever read about -well done for the marathon today

Donation by Rachel on 26/04/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 26/04/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Hope you had a good marathon today ! You and Stephen are a true inspiration to everyone . He would have been very proud . Big thumbs up !!

Donation by Chris kelly on 26/04/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Well done Jane!!! Inspiring mama!!! Hope you had a good run!!! Thumbs up!!!

Donation by Corinne Ashton on 26/04/15

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Well done on your marathon effort !!

Donation by Mark Johnson on 26/04/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck with the London Marathon today

Donation by Anonymous on 26/04/15

Donation by Keith murcottt on 26/04/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Go Jane – all the luck in the world for today's marathon!

Donation by Jill Hitchman on 26/04/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Jane, I'm sure Stephen will be with you in spirit. What a amazing lady you are :) xx

Donation by Jane Salkeld on 26/04/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck today!

Donation by Trev Ellis on 26/04/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Rich Holmes on 26/04/15

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Katy on 26/04/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,787,734.08
  • Offline donations£1,752,073.90
  • Text donations£1,241.00
  • Total raised£4,541,048.98
  • Gift Aid£573,281.84

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