Story

Hi! My name’s Stephen and I’m pretty much like your averageteenager- except for the last three years now I’ve been battling cancer. Thecurrent opinion voiced by my doctors is that my disease is incurable, and as aresult I want to spend as much time as possible raising funds for a charityvery 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 kindsof fun and wonderful things. Feel free to check out www.stephensstory.co.uk to find outmore.

Number 1 on my bucketlist, and by far the most important thing to me, was toraise £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust… but I think it’s fair to say we’vesmashed that total!!! But why stop there?!  With everyone’s help we currently have a platform to achievesomething 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’vealways found the best way to help yourself is to help others, so pleaseconsider helping out!

 
Teenage Cancer Trust have helped me hugely throughout my owncancer battle and helped shape who I am and my positive attitude today. Theyoffer hope and a sense of community to young people with cancer like myself,and directly help face associated pragmatic and emotional issues. In my ownwords, here is a brief introduction to the work Teenage Cancer Trust does:
- They provide specialist units where Teenagers and Young Adults like me can betreated. These wards invaluably allow me to spend time being treated with otherpatients 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 eventis attended by young people with cancer from across the country. Throughout theday there are motivational speakers and health professionals talking aboutissues to do with cancer, alongside complementary therapy and activitysessions, combined with lots of opportunity to socialise with other youngcancer patients. The event is just fantastic and is a life changing experiencefor many young cancer patients (me included), providing them with theconfidence to help them through their current treatment and general life in thefuture.
- They educate young people about issues and information to do with cancer.Delayed diagnosis is a common problem experienced by Teenagers and Young Adultswith cancer- myself included. If I knew what symptoms to look out for I couldhave 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 whynot learn all the facts about it at an early age?
- They are involved with research that helps improve the careTeenage and Young Adult cancer patients receive.
- They fund specialist healthcare professionals that supportyoung 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 andafter every hospital consultation I have been to) and a Youth SupportCoordinator (who organises things like social evenings, workshops and otheractivities that me and other young cancer patients can benefit from).
- Through time on the ward, social evenings, Find Your Sense of Tumour andother ways, Teenage Cancer Trust have offered me the opportunity to meet otheryoung people with cancer, and have gained something I call my “Cancer Friends”.We have formed an invaluable support network where we help each other throughour illness and life in general, while meeting up regularly having good timesand 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!!

How is the total on this page worked out?

The total amount at the top of this page (by the purple totaliser) shows all the donations that have been given through this page (called online donations) and all the donations that have been given directly to Teenage Cancer Trust where they know the donations were absolutely because of Stephen’s Story.  These donations are called ‘offline’ donations and are at the bottom of the page (by the little purple pig!).

The amount of money in ‘offline donations’ includes hundreds of thousands of text donations, sponsorship from other events (like Skydive for Stephen, Great Midlands Fun Run and Jane running the London Marathon and climbing mount Kilimanjaro) and donations that have been posted to Teenage Cancer Trust.

Every month the team at Teenage Cancer Trust update the ‘offline total’ figure (by the purple pig).  

The total at the top by the big purple totaliser doesn’t include the Gift Aid on all the donations to this page – that number is at the bottom, by the small green collecting tin symbol.  What that means is the total is higher than it first appears – which is amazing news for young people with cancer across the UK.

Stephen inspired more people than we will ever count and it is never an exact science to be 100% sure that the ‘offline’ total covers every single penny he inspired – but Teenage Cancer Trust do everything they can to include every donation they know about.  Please do tell the team at Teenage Cancer Trust if Stephen’s Story is what has inspired you to give by emailing hello@teenagecancertrust.org – that way it will go into the total.



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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.

Raising money for

Run by Teenage Cancer Trust

Charity Registration No. 1062559

Donations 182572

An Inspiration to us all

Donation by Teddington School on 08/03/16

£106.00

You continue to be an incredible inspiration to so many xx

Donation by Sally R on 08/03/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Well done stephen , my 3rd time giving , please donate

Donation by Martin on 04/03/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 04/03/16

£5.00

Helping to get to £5 million in memory of Stephen and for a fantastic cause. How incredible that donations still keep rolling in. If everyone gave a little just once, imagine the impact?

Donation by Linda Kehlet on 03/03/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

My monthly promise to this amazing young man, you made a difference Stephen.

Donation by Mark on 03/03/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 01/03/16

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

Awesome achievement

Donation by Paul on 28/02/16

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Just had an unexpected PPI payment. In memory of my son, Kevin 2006

Donation by Kath Prince on 28/02/16

Reading most recently about Charlotte Eades. For all the wonderful, brave children whose lives are cut so separately short and yet who make such a profound and fabulous impact during those lives. OT

Donation by Anonymous on 27/02/16

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Gladly given xxx

Donation by Wendy B on 27/02/16

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 27/02/16

Her is hoping we can keep this page ongoing for Stephen

Donation by Ruth Melvin on 27/02/16

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

What a great person you were - £5 million!

Donation by Anonymous on 27/02/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

I wish I could add gift aid but I am a non tax payer. Good luck in reaching the £5.000,000 and hope you go far beyond that.

Donation by Sheila Whibley on 27/02/16

£10.00

Came here having just read this.. http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/26/cancer-vlogger-charlotte-eades-dies-aged-19 ... young lives taken so tragically.

Donation by Anonymous on 26/02/16

€20.00

Donating again - what a wonderful young man. Your family must be so incredibly proud of you. RIP x

Donation by Kirsty on 24/02/16

5 million here it comes - well done Stephen.

Donation by Sam R on 21/02/16

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Never forgotton.

Donation by Anonymous on 20/02/16

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Watching something with Jason Manford on reminded me of this amazing guy who I donated and cried over a while ago. Going through a scary time myself and I don't have an ounce of what Stephen had!

Donation by Sarah Shotton on 20/02/16

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 09/02/16

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Thinking of Stephen is still a positive highlight in every day.

Donation by Christine Adey on 07/02/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

My monthly promise for the amazing Stephen .

Donation by Mark on 06/02/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 01/02/16

£18.79

+ £4.70 Gift Aid

with all our love.....xxxxx

Donation by Anonymous on 31/01/16

£50.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,802,238.71
  • Offline donations£2,201,650.94
  • Text donations£1,250.00
  • Total raised£5,005,139.65
  • Gift Aid£576,180.19

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