He was diagnosed when he was 15 and died at the tender age of 19.
The Chief Executive of Teenage Cancer Trust, Siobhan Dunn, had this to say:
‘He will be remembered for his incredible positivity by all who met or connected with him. Stephen didn’t measure life in time, preferring instead to measure it by the difference someone makes.
‘Stephen has made an enormous difference to Teenage Cancer Trust and the seven young people diagnosed with cancer every day who need our help.’
In January 2013, Stephen drew up a bucket list of all the thing he wanted to do before time left his side. The first thing on that list was to raise a great £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.
He surpassed that. By a helluvalot – to date he has achieved over £3,250,000.
After he had a sudden turn for the worst last year, he pleaded for his followers to help him achieve one million pounds.When he had this turn, he said:
“I’ve done well to blag things as well as I have up till now, but unfortunately I think this is just one hurdle too far.
‘It’s a shame the end has come so suddenly- there’s so many people I haven’t got round to properly thank or say goodbye too. Apologies for that.
‘I will continue fighting for as long as I can, and whatever happens next I want you all to know I am currently in a good place mentally and at ease with the situation.
‘That’s it from me. But life has been good. Very good.’
But instead, life dealt him a little more time, and he gained supportive messages and donations from several celebs, including Jimmy Carr, Jason Manford, Claire Balding – even our prime minister David Cameron showed his support for the amazing lad.
I’ll leave you with the words of Stephen’ Mom, who today proved with a heart full of pride and sorrow, how truly amazing her boy was:
Tweets of remembrance and respect:
Here’s what he achieved in a short video:
RIP Stephen. God bless.