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!!


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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 182422

Donation by Anonymous on 28/08/15

Donation by Rosie g on 27/08/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 22/08/15

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 20/08/15

£10.00

An amazing story about such an inspiring person

Donation by Mike, Sue & Kids on 19/08/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 18/08/15

£5.00

Donation by Phil & Gayle Harris on 10/08/15

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Still an inspiration to so many

Donation by Mark on 10/08/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

another small donation for u, thinking of u and ur family and all ur fantastic achievements and lovely memories.....xxxxx

Donation by Anonymous on 08/08/15

£10.00

SImply inspirational.

Donation by Anonymous on 08/08/15

my monthly promise, for the amazing young man Stephen. Taken so young.

Donation by Mark on 08/08/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 07/08/15

£5.00

For Stephen's bravery and heroism and and all his goodness.

Donation by Christine Adey on 05/08/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Dave & Sallie Legard on 01/08/15

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

From The Neon Brotherhood for more sales of Hope aint a Bad thing hope this helps a few more people

Donation by Martin Stanyer on 29/07/15

£700.00

Donation by Anonymous on 29/07/15

£10.00

A donation raised by the Hospitality and Catering students of Portland College, Nottingham Road, Mansfield, NG18 4TJ

Donation by Vicky Ward on 22/07/15

Donation by Anonymous on 22/07/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Like many people I never met you but I often think of you.

Donation by Julie Barker on 22/07/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Fantastic achievement for an often overlooked cause!

Donation by Karen Aston on 20/07/15

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

For a good cause. And it's Ben Cumberbatch's birthday

Donation by Anonymous on 19/07/15

€50.00

What an amazing person, so brave and so inspirational….touched the hearts and minds of many who never even met him. Rest in peace…you will be remembered for all the right reasons x

Donation by Charlotte on 17/07/15

£25.00

Donation by Jamie R. on 15/07/15

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

Well done for doing this Stacey, it is so marvellous...love aud and paul xx

Donation by audrey on 13/07/15

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Angela and vicky on 11/07/15

£20.00

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,797,134.93
  • Offline donations£1,761,770.90
  • Text donations£1,241.00
  • Total raised£4,560,146.83
  • Gift Aid£575,331.38

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