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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.

Raising money for

Run by Teenage Cancer Trust

Charity Registration No. 1062559

Donations 182375

With fond memories of a dear family member Margaret Effie Osborne nee Williamson Of Chilliwack Canada, born in Llandudno Wales, UK.

Donation by Pam and family on 30/05/15

Collection from Mott MacDonald for our thumbs up for Stephen campaign last year. £177.00 RIP Stephen xx

Donation by Sascha Landucci on 29/05/15

£177.00

+ £44.25 Gift Aid

Money raised by the Pharmacy Dept at Stafford Hospital in support of 'wear yellow to work' in memory of Stephen 💛

Donation by Anonymous on 28/05/15

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donations from everybody at Fuelsoft

Donation by Anonymous on 28/05/15

£55.00

+ £13.75 Gift Aid

well done to the lad, gives us all heart

Donation by mrs c shayler on 27/05/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Wulvern Housing on 26/05/15

£47.05

Donation by Anonymous on 26/05/15

£15.00

+ £3.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Luke on 24/05/15

Donated from Marie Waite in memory of Richard Dowling who passed away may 2nd aged 44 cancer is so cruel

Donation by Les bates on 24/05/15

£10.00

Donation by Anonymous on 23/05/15

£16.54

+ £4.14 Gift Aid

I never knew you Stephen, but still often think about your courage, generosity, and bravery. Never forgotten.

Donation by Denise on 22/05/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Really inspiring story.

Donation by JP on 22/05/15

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

all good must come from this, now

Donation by m edmunds on 21/05/15

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

A JG’r has donated their welcome donation voucher to your inspirational fundraising effort!

Donation by The JustGiving Team on 20/05/15

£50.00

Donation by Anonymous on 19/05/15

Donation from Duradiamond Healthcare (Mullion House), 'Wear something yellow Day'.

Donation by Anonymous on 19/05/15

£32.40

+ £8.10 Gift Aid

Another hole in one so another donation!

Donation by Liz Reece on 19/05/15

£20.00

Donation by Emily Reeves on 19/05/15

Donation by Anonymous on 19/05/15

£500.00

+ £125.00 Gift Aid

In memory of Stephen

Donation by Anonymous on 18/05/15

Hi kiddo had a family fun day/classic car show Saturday. I'm banking this lot today for you and will bank the rest as soon as it is all in. Keeping both my promises to u always

Donation by Kim Tonks on 18/05/15

£3,426.63

+ £856.66 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 18/05/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 17/05/15

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 16/05/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 16/05/15

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,794,586.75
  • Offline donations£1,758,267.30
  • Text donations£1,241.00
  • Total raised£4,554,095.05
  • Gift Aid£574,891.13

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