On 30 May there will be a special event to honour Stephen Sutton, the brave 19-year-old who raised £3.2 million for charity before succumbing to cancer.
Will you take part in this celebration?
When writing about people that do remarkable things, especially if they are young, it’s easy to slip into cliché. But what Stephen did was amazing: when he had incurable cancer he didn’t think about himself or what he was going through. Instead, he decided to raise awareness about other teens with cancer.
Just a week before he died, Stephen was posting on Facebook and reminding people that others needed help too:
‘Realistically though, the support I’ve got is probably a bit inflated relative to what I deserve. What I mean is that there are other young people out there with cancer who are battling as hard as me who deserve similar support, in fact there’s other people battling other illnesses too, and then there’s other people who may need support for whatever reason.’
Quite apart from the millions he raised, when Stephen died it seemed like the world lost a fundamentally decent young man.
On 29 and 30 May there will a vigil for him in Lichfield Cathedral. His body will lie in a place of honour. However, befitting his spirit, there will also be a moment of celebration too. At 11am on 30 May people around the country – and indeed around the world – are encouraged to give a real thumbs up and to share positive messages on social media using the hashtag #ThumbsUpForStephen.
I’m not sure how to end this post, so I’ll just leave with you with something Stephen said:
‘I don’t see the point in measuring life in terms of time anymore. I’d rather measure life in terms of making a difference.’
Donate to Stephen’s JustGiving campaign here: http://www.justgiving.com/stephen-sutton-TCT
Read more about his thunderclap here: