Most adults find 19-year-olds pretty lackadaisical and self involved.
HOWEVER, not only is this 19-year-old the exception to that line of thinking — he's probably more productive and cooler than about 90 percent of the people on the whole effin' planet!
When Stephen Sutton was diagnosed with bowel cancer when he was 15-years-old, and later the aggressive cancer proved to be terminal, the young man made a bucket list instead of sitting back and waiting.
He has done an IMPRESSIVE amount of things from that list!
One of his wishes was to raise ten thousand pounds for the Teenage Cancer Trust which he ridiculously exceeded!
There's still donations coming in, but so far the youngster has raised over a million pounds!!! And for those who don't know, one British pound is like one dollar and sixty eight cents! So yeah — that's a lot of money!
Other checked off bucket list items include: "hugging an elephant, crowd-surfing in a rubber dinghy, playing the drums at a Wembley Cup final, getting a tattoo and appearing on the BBC drama Doctors."
Unfortunately it is unlikely Stephen Sutton will finish his bucket list as his condition has become much worse recently. One of his last blog posts, which featured him giving a thumbs up (above) read:
"It's a final thumbs up from me! 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.
There was also so many exciting projects and things I didn't get to see out. Hopefully some will continue and if you want to carry on the fundraising please do (justgiving.com/stephen-sutton-TCT
is the link to donate to).
All future updates on this page will probably be from a family member. I hopefully may have the energy to write a few tweets (@_StephensStory). 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."
This is heartbreaking. This kid is amazing, and he's being taken away from a world that sorely needs people like him.
However, Stephen hopes his story will inspire others to do what he did — which is to take life by the horns!
"I'm stuck in this position with loads and loads of motivation but potentially not very much time. But I see lots of people out there that have time. What I can try to do is give them a bit of my motivation, to go out there and achieve something – enjoy life."
This young man is a gem, and we'll always remember the name Stephen Sutton. He did more in 19 years than most people could do in six or seven lifetimes!
We hope his days from here on out are peaceful and pleasant and happy!
Check out more inspiring photos from Stephen's accomplished bucket list goals (below) !!!
[Image via Facebook.]
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