You can’t have failed to notice today that 19 year old charity superstar and cancer patient (NOT sufferer) Stephen Sutton passed away today in his sleep. Although we all knew Stephen’s diagnoses meant he was going to pass, it feels as if none of us expected it to happen so soon. It goes without saying this guy was an incredible individual and I hope that people still carry on the work he wanted to do, even though he’s not here any more.
What hit me was that Stephen was 19 years old when he died, the same age as I am now. We were born the same year, he’s into the same bands (which is how I heard about Stephen’s story) and it just seems cruel that this is an age where you look forward to the next big stage of your life, yet Stephen’s was taken away so cruelly. I often talk about how my illness effects me but Stephen has given me a reason to think. I don’t want to be defined by something, I want to use my experiences to help others, just as Stephen has done.
I think of all the things Stephen achieved and how much as a country we all grew to love him and his positive outlook and I’m inspired. He never let his illness define him, it seems to me that he never really gave up even when he knew he didn’t have long left to live. It is because of Stephen I don’t want to give up, it’s a totally different situation but his message and his courage made something wake up inside of me. I look to Stephen as someone of incredible determination, something that I want to have.
Today the world lost someone truly unique and even though I never knew him I’m so upset that he is gone. His message an actions will live on though! If we can carry on raising money and kicking cancer’s butt! As for me? I’m going to take Stephen’s message and try and use it in my own life, step by step.
Rest in Peace Stephen Sutton, you will be missed but never forgotten.
Don’t know about Stephen? Please watch here