Today a bright light went out in the world as 19 year old teenage cancer sufferer Stephen Sutton finally lost his battle against the deadly disease, having (so far)raised in excess of three million pounds in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. His story went viral – and global- in this age of social media and the world fell in love with Stephen and his brave battle to stay alive to meet his fundraising target (not to mention crossing off as many things as possible off his “bucket list”). The general public and celebrities from comedians to the Prime Minister David Cameron showed their support in person, via snail mail and email, Facebook and Twitter.
I’m sure I can speak for all you mothers out there when I say that his mother Jane’s dignified message on Facebook today made me cry.
My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 14th May.
‘The ongoing support and outpouring of love for Stephen will help greatly at this difficult time, in the same way as it helped Stephen throughout his journey.
‘We all know he will never be forgotten, his spirit will live on, in all that he achieved and shared with so many. Love, His mom x
If you’d like to find out more about this remarkable young man, please visit his Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/StephensStory
I’d like to sign off this evening by asking all of you to consider what legacy you would like to leave your family, friends and to the world in general. Unlike poor Stephen, the majority of us have no idea how much time we have on earth but his is a poignant reminder to make the most of every single day and to leave a legacy, a life that our children can be proud of.
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