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 182067

My monthly promise too. Such a power for good, remembered every day.

Donation by Christine Adey on 02/03/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 02/03/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

my monthly promise to a very inspirational & courageous young man.

Donation by Mark on 02/03/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 02/03/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Happy birthday mum Love you loads Heather & Phil

Donation by heather xxx on 02/03/15

£45.00

+ £11.25 Gift Aid

Donation by james jones on 01/03/15

I know you are no longer with us on Earth Stephen but you are definitely a ★ because you still inspire us to donate to the TCT in your name.

Donation by Janice on 28/02/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Sad loss.

Donation by Wayne on 27/02/15

£3.00

You were so brave and did so much in 19 years.

Donation by Kathryn on 27/02/15

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

still inspired by you, Stephen.RIP.

Donation by Anonymous on 27/02/15

I wish to give a donation (gift-aided) in memory of an inspirational young man who raised smiles and hopes and millions of pounds in his all too short 19 years, on behalf of a friend who battled & won

Donation by Kathy Simmons on 25/02/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation of Ebay refund. Still thinking of Stephen's bravery

Donation by NGS on 24/02/15

£5.00

Donation by Anonymous on 24/02/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Thank you to all that donated to the TCT on behalf of Stephen at the Health, Wealth and Happiness Show

Donation by Maria Tucker - Life is Living on 23/02/15

£115.00

+ £28.75 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 22/02/15

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Inspiration to young and old alike

Donation by Denis Woolsey on 21/02/15

£44.00

+ £11.00 Gift Aid

From all of us at Nationwide in Penkridge

Donation by Leanne Birkin on 19/02/15

£301.32

+ £75.33 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 17/02/15

inspiring

Donation by chris romeo on 14/02/15

Donation by Anonymous on 12/02/15

£10.00

an inspiration for ever.......xxxxx

Donation by Anonymous on 12/02/15

£30.91

on behalf great wyrley TOWNSWOMENS guild in lieu of Christmas cards

Donation by pamball on 11/02/15

£175.00

Not a day passes Stephen and I dont think of you and how wonderful and beautiful as a person you where. I know you are shinning as bright in heaven as you did on earth... Sleep tight my friend Xxxx

Donation by Emma on 10/02/15

£10.00

A friend's just been diagnosed with leukaemia, and she's staying in a hospital unit run by the Teenage Cancer Trust, and it's a lovely place, and it's helping her stay strong. Thank you, Stephen. xxx

Donation by Emily on 09/02/15

£5.00

Donation by Anonymous on 09/02/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,784,810.92
  • Offline donations£1,737,642.30
  • Text donations£1,241.00
  • Total raised£4,523,694.22
  • Gift Aid£572,665.50

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