Earlier this week, in the early hours of Wednesday morning, Stephen passed away. But this was not just any Stephen, it was Stephen Sutton of stephensstory.co.uk
If you live in the UK, you most likely would have heard about Stephen in the last year. Stephen was diagnosed with an incurable, terminal cancer when he was just 15 years old. But rather than sit back and feel defeated by life, he drafted a “bucket list” of everything he wanted to achieve while he was still alive. Some of them included, raising £10,000 for cancer research, go to a football match at Wembley Stadium, skydive, go busking, get a tattoo, write a book, etc. You can view the full list here.
Not only did Stephen raise £10,000 but as word of his bucket list and his story spread, he raised £3,869,311.97 The aim of his website was to spread positivity and motivation. “I may have cancer, but cancer doesn’t have me!” was what he lived by.
He was exceptional student who refused to let cancer beat him and control him. He grabbed life with open arms and truly “lived” the rest of his life.
It got me thinking about the life I lead and what I want to achieve. Also what I’d like to be remembered for when I no longer exist as Natasha. Stephen will always be remembered for his genuine desire to help people and sharing his positivity even when enduring such pain and suffering. I think that’s a pretty great way to be remembered and although he’s no longer here, his story will live on.
What would you like to be remembered for?