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!!

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 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 182527

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

collection from The Sewing Shop, Lichfield xx

Donation by Anonymous on 28/01/16

£70.00

In the name of children and angels god bless you

Donation by Sunita.Patel on 28/01/16

£100.00

Heard Mum on Radio 5 live and want to donate xx

Donation by Alison Evans on 25/01/16

£20.00

Reminds me to live for the moment - 3rd donation in your name!

Donation by Cathy Dolan on 25/01/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Haven't forgotten you, pal. Your bravery and attitude to live is still an inspiration.

Donation by Sam Lock on 24/01/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation on behalf of everyone at CAMHS, Holly Lodge, Lichfield. Your bravery was an inspiration to us all.

Donation by Claire Jennings for CAMHS Lichfield team on 24/01/16

£30.00

always good to remember you Stephen xxx

Donation by the ferreiras on 24/01/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by junglefacejake on 23/01/16

£8.88

+ £2.22 Gift Aid

Donation by Alan Dicker on 14/01/16

Donation by Rachel Hawthorn on 14/01/16

Donation by Anonymous on 14/01/16

Remembered every day for all that is good in our lives.

Donation by Christine Adey on 13/01/16

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

My monthly promise to a very special young man.

Donation by Mark on 11/01/16

£10.00

xxxxx

Donation by Anonymous on 10/01/16

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Never forgotten

Donation by Anonymous on 06/01/16

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 05/01/16

Donation by Anonymous on 05/01/16

Donation by Anon on 05/01/16

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Going into 2016 and re-reading your page has reminded me of your legacy - to live in the moment, to be grateful for everyday and to make a difference. I shall try to honour it.

Donation by Fiona Taylor on 03/01/16

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

I hope this helps a little. Glen

Donation by Glen on 02/01/16

£300.00

+ £75.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,801,238.95
  • Offline donations£2,188,985.05
  • Text donations£1,241.00
  • Total raised£4,991,465.00
  • Gift Aid£576,040.44

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