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RIP Stephen - what a difference you made

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ajandjjmum Wed 14-May-14 12:42:14

Hope his family can gain some comfort for the way he lived.

Kernowal Wed 14-May-14 12:45:30

It seems wrong to "like" a facebook post announcing such sad news. I'm glad he had a few days to see the momentum of what he started.

Buddy80 Wed 14-May-14 12:46:47

Amazing young man, really sad to hear this news but his family must be so very proud of what he achieved.

HesterShaw Wed 14-May-14 12:47:30

Anything I want to write sounds cheesy...fine young man, inspirational, role model, wonderful human being...but it's all absolutely true. His family must be feeling such pride as well as their awful grief.

He has really humbled me.

Buddy80 Wed 14-May-14 12:48:23

Amazing young man, really sad to hear this news, his family must be so very proud of what he achieved.

Jumblebee Wed 14-May-14 12:50:01

So sad to hear this hmm

For such a young person to go through such a terrible disease and still raise awareness and funds is admirable. We need more people like him.

WolfMoon Wed 14-May-14 12:50:35


LIZS Wed 14-May-14 12:53:55

just heard on the radio sad

curiousgeorgie Wed 14-May-14 12:55:12

It's so heartbreaking to hear that he has died. His mums statement brought tears to my eyes.

What a truly amazing person x

mumofthemonsters808 Wed 14-May-14 12:56:23

Oh no I did not know he had died, so sad to hear this. Thinking of his family who have lost their wonderful son.

curiousgeorgie Wed 14-May-14 12:57:02

Maybe people will donate even more now, so he can leave even more of a fantastic legacy than he already has...

Momonga Wed 14-May-14 12:57:35

What a brilliant man. His family must be so proud of everything he did and achieved.

Onesleeptillwembley Wed 14-May-14 13:02:28

Exactly what Hester said. Not being lazy, just couldn't put it better.
Woolly hugs?

DeputyPecksBentBeak Wed 14-May-14 13:08:15

Nineteen is just too young to die sad

LIZS Wed 14-May-14 13:10:29

Agree deputy , and he had been ill for several years of his short life. Our ds is 16 and can't begin to imagine what his family have been through, so brave.

McPhee Wed 14-May-14 13:13:59

An amazing young man, whose legacy and spirit will now go forward to make a difference to others.

If he was my son, I'd be bursting with pride.

My heart goes out to his family and friends. RIP to an inspirational young man x

everlong Wed 14-May-14 13:15:40

Oh no. Poor Stephen. I'll always remember him.

Theresadogonyourballs Wed 14-May-14 13:16:07

Amazing young man, what an inspiration. RIP.
I really hope that all those dreadful trolls who accused him of being a 'fake' are suitably ashamed of their disgusting behaviour today. sad

Sparklingbrook Wed 14-May-14 13:16:23

sad Life is just not fair.

Itsfab Wed 14-May-14 13:17:13

I was so happy when I read he had been able to go home the other day and no way did I expect this news today.

He was incredible. His Parents must be the proudest in the country today. He had a huge heart and was just lovely.

RIP Stephen.

Mignonette Wed 14-May-14 13:17:58

I feel relieved his suffering is over yet angry that somebody so young should die.

flowers to all his family and friends.

NessaRose Wed 14-May-14 13:18:10

Rip Stephen. What a brave young man you where.

CSIJanner Wed 14-May-14 13:19:03

He did so much in such a short time. And despite being "angry" at his late dianogsis, he still had a smile on his face and tried to make the best of it all. He's raised awareness and made such a difference.

Rest in peace

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Wed 14-May-14 13:21:28

Brave boy, inspirational.

DurhamDurham Wed 14-May-14 13:21:56

What a truly inspirational young man, what a sad time for his parents. I cannot begin to imagine how his parents and family must be feeling.
I have two girls around Stephen's age and they are just starting out on life. He has managed to make a bigger impact and difference in his 19 years than most will manage in a whole lifetime.

Nancery Wed 14-May-14 13:24:40

I only heard about him very recently but am quite choked up. What an incredible person!
Wanting to donate but can't get on - think so many people have the same idea the site is getting overloaded!

KissesBreakingWave Wed 14-May-14 13:24:47

"Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It's knowing you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."

Always found that line of Atticus Finch's in To Kill a Mockingbird. It's rare one sees examples in real life, but I'll be damned if this isn't one.

I shan't wish him rest in peace. I'd like to think he's being shown his seat in Valhalla and helped to the first of many, many noisy drinks.

Ketchuphidestheburntbits Wed 14-May-14 13:26:07

Sad news.

Wishing his family strength and love.

Owllady Wed 14-May-14 13:26:25

I felt proud of him. It's a shame others don't have his outlook in life
Rip Stephen

TortoiseUpATreeAgain Wed 14-May-14 13:27:08

He was just a remarkable person. What a fine doctor he would have made if he'd been allowed a longer span of life.

That is an amazing line Kisses.

nicename Wed 14-May-14 13:31:25

How sad. I was hoping for a Hollywood end to this story (miraculous recovery, long life with love and happiness), sad and childish of me, I know.

He has inspired and touched so many people - I hope that gives some comfort to his family and friends.

melika Wed 14-May-14 13:34:52

My DS is same age, such tragedy. My heart goes out to his Mom and family.sad

Such sad news, RIP Stephen.

You touched so many with your bravery and courage. Brave, brave boy, truly inspirational.

Wishing your family strength and love at this difficult time.

And yes Kisses Remarkable words for a remarkable young man.

SoftKittyWarmKitty Wed 14-May-14 13:40:24

So very sad to hear this news today sad. He left an amazing legacy and was an inspiration to each and every one of us thanks.

He wrote a book about making the most of your life, which can be downloaded here. It's pretty short but holds lessons for us all.

Picturesinthefirelight Wed 14-May-14 13:44:09

Such an inspirational young man who would have made an amazing doctor.

Taken way too young.

LilacRoses Wed 14-May-14 13:47:39

What a fantastic young lad xxx

Such an inspiration x

ajandjjmum Wed 14-May-14 13:47:39

His Mum said her heart was bursting with pride, and breaking with pain.

Cracks me up every time I read it. Poor woman.

Viviennemary Wed 14-May-14 13:47:50

I was also very sad to hear this. He was an exceptional young man and such an inspiration.

JaneRizzoli Wed 14-May-14 13:54:01

RIP Stephen, God bless you.

I was just reading his inspiring Facebook page this morning after a friend shared it.
So sorry to hear that he has passed on sad
My thoughts with all his friends and family x

specialsubject Wed 14-May-14 13:56:29

inevitable but no less sad. I cannot imagine what he went through, nor what his family must be going through.

just the usual reminder - if you want to donate, go direct to the charity website, not via justgiving etc. The click to donate and get your name in lights websites take a 6% cut.

Zazzabeans Wed 14-May-14 13:56:56

such an inspirational amazing young man
rip xxx

SantasLittleMonkeyButler Wed 14-May-14 14:01:55

I'm struggling to find adequate words to express just how brave, kind, inspirational Stephen was. I'm not even sure the words exist.

I've known about Stephen & his bucket list for quite a while - a couple of years maybe - through the local paper, as he was from the same area as me. As devastated as I am that he has passed away, I also feel very happy for him that he managed to achieve everything he did during his short lifetime and that he got to meet some of the famous people/celebrities he met.

R.I.P. Stephen, you brought more good to the world in 19 years than most people manage in a lifetime.

So very sad. An amazing young man. His mother is so right to be bursting with pride.

spiderlight Wed 14-May-14 14:30:58

So sad - my heart goes out to his family and friends. What an incredible legacy he has left behind though. A truly extraordinary young man.

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Wed 14-May-14 14:35:18

Such a sad loss. He was such an inspiration, and thanks to his courage many fellow cancer suffers will benefit from the money he raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Thoughts are with his family and loved ones xx

Isthiscorrect Wed 14-May-14 14:40:05

His mothers words bought tears to my eyes. How very proud and dignified at such an awful time. Thoughts and prayers are with the family.

kelper Wed 14-May-14 14:42:04

So sad.

brdgrl Wed 14-May-14 14:52:41

A sad month. We also lost Wee Oscar, the five-year-old who was the brave face of child cancer awareness in Northern Ireland.

Yes, RIP Stephen, you achieved so much in such a short space of time, more than many people could ever hope to do in their own life times.

Your mothers words were heartbreaking and yet so full of pride, I hope that with so many people thinking of her today will give her a tiny bit of peace.

blossommy Wed 14-May-14 16:29:10

will never forget him. What an incredible legacy. RIP thanks

No words. Just so sad. What an inspiration to so many.

PeanutPatty Wed 14-May-14 17:19:44

What a wonderful person. I'm absolutely gutted for him and his family. Bastard bastard cancer.

HesterShaw Wed 14-May-14 17:30:50

In the same couple of weeks as Elena Baltacha too, another young person who gave far more than she took, and whose life was over far, far too soon.

Very, very sad.

I have just made a donation in his memory......... My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

Hulababy Wed 14-May-14 17:49:14

So sad to hear that he has gone; he was an inspirational young man.
Far too young to die sad

And sorry to hear of those others mentioned on this thread too. Life can be very cruel.

thornrose Wed 14-May-14 17:50:20

Thank you so much for the link to his book. I'm going to read it later, the first page alone has reduced me to tears.

What a wonderful young man thanks

PitchSlapped Wed 14-May-14 17:52:53

I became aware of stephen when he posted his final goodbye and jason manford shared it on his facebook wall. I cried, then donated while still snotting like a baby over the unfairness of it. Such a brilliant person, he achieved so much and like someone else said I was sort of expecting a fairytale ending so to hear the news this morning hit hard.

Rip stephen you remarkable person. Ive decided, because of him to write a list of the things ive been meaning to experience and go do it

Darkesteyes Wed 14-May-14 17:59:32

RIP Stephen An inspiration and gone too soon thanks

ChickyEgg Wed 14-May-14 18:29:34

A fantastic young man. Why do the good always go too soon? Rest I Peace flowers

NCFTTB Wed 14-May-14 18:56:32

Sad news

Rest in peace young man

EffectiveCommunication Wed 14-May-14 19:29:28

I hope his family find some comfort from all he achieved, it must be so tough for them the past few years, and right now. May he rest in peace, he seemed an amazing young Man.

MyFirstName Wed 14-May-14 19:33:29

I think like many, I cannot think of anything apt to write. What he did was amazing. An amazing amount of money raised. An amazing smile, amazing zest he seemed to have for life - even though dealt a shitty blow by way of the cancer.

But yet still using superlatives it doesn't seem to say enough. The brief glimpse he offered us all showed a truly remarkable individual. I hope he is in peace. I wish his family could have been spared such monumental pain. I hope they can take some solace in the fact Stephen really was someone who should inspire others. Who made us stop, think and feel something deep for this stranger on the internet. He was extraordinary, whilst clearly being "ordinary" He was like you and me. But dealt a blow he came through with the most amount of inner strength. They should be so proud of him.

Stephen. Be proud. Thumbs up!

TidyDancer Wed 14-May-14 19:35:41

What an incredibly inspirational young man. This is such sad news.

Stephen's family should be so proud of what he accomplished. A true hero.

windchime Wed 14-May-14 19:47:37

It would be lovely if the money he raised was used in a truly accountable and worthy way, and not just to pay the bonuses of a couple of executive directors of the Trust.

annielouise Wed 14-May-14 19:58:13

Amazing young man. I've held off posting until now as no words can convey how I feel. Just sad he got shitty cancer and died from it. What a cute smile he had and lovely person he seemed and what a wonderful life I'm sure he would have had - it's incomprehensible someone so alive isn't here today.

That's an odd thing to say windchime confused

Annie, I agree - he was updating his status on the 11th and on the 14th he's gone. Frightening sad.

Sigyn Wed 14-May-14 20:13:43

Such an amazing young man. His poor poor parents sad .

MeganChips Wed 14-May-14 20:20:04

An inspirational man who showed extraordinary resilience, humour and bravery.

I agree with the posts of other, I just feel any words of mine will simply be inadequate. I hope that his family can find some comfort in what he inspired and is still inspiring. He's touched a lot of people.

ForgiveMeFather Wed 14-May-14 21:13:17

Such an incredible young man.

In a way I'm glad that he died in his sleep. He came across as very brave and selfless person and completely accepting of what was to come but I can't help thinking that he must have been more than a little afraid too.

I've not been able to bring myself to share or comment on the myriad of all the Facebook posts now doing the rounds as it seems crass in many ways.

Thinking of his family who must be in such turmoil right now sad

Hogwash Wed 14-May-14 21:40:50

What an inspirational guy - amazing. RIP Stephen.

Love, light and strength to those how knew Stephen and loved him thanks

His legacy will outlive him - I'm sure his family would rather he had been a 'normal' kid that was still with them, but this extraordinary person unfairly forced to deal with a horrible illness when so young, did more that just deal with it; in his words 'Don't ask "Why me?', say 'try me!"
He was tried and his mettle tested, and his mettle was strong.
RIP Stephen.

Luckytwo Wed 14-May-14 22:05:32

So sad to hear of his passing. An inspiration and true hero. RIP Stephen.

StampyIsMyBoyfriend Wed 14-May-14 22:14:03

I've followed his story, and was stupidly optimistic recently that he might have had more time sad

Cheesy or not, he showed such strength of character. The amount of money he raised, should be marked somehow.

I can't imagine the grief of his loved ones, but I can't imagine the pride of the person you've lost, making the headline news. I hope it's some kind of comfort to them.

43percentburnt Wed 14-May-14 22:57:18

Remarkable young man. His parents should be so very proud. Rest in peace.

divingoffthebalcony Thu 15-May-14 00:15:29

I am in awe of his ability to face terminal illness (with all the physical and emotional suffering that comes with it) which such incredible positivity and wisdom. So glad he lived those extra weeks to see the culmination of his work on social media.

EasterSundaySimmons Thu 15-May-14 00:33:27

I had heard of him, but only read up on him today.

He is the same age as my son and I cannot image the sorrow his loved ones must be feeling.

It's bittersweet because he achieved so much and everyone must feel so incredibly proud of him.

A sad loss not just to his family but to society as no doubt he would have continued to make a valuable contribution to society with his info initially spirit, determination and uplifting personality.

Every life is precious, but when the life of someone as remarkable as this young man was, it just seems so unfair.

HopefulHamster Thu 15-May-14 11:30:45

I found myself crying at my desk when I heard the news yesterday - don't normally do this over people in the public eye, but what an incredibly inspiring young man.

I keep thinking how proud I'd be if he were my son, and how devastated I'd also be if this was my son.

The quote he said somewhere (I read it in the Guardian) about how a life should be measured by achievements rather than how long it is says it all about what a full life he had.

He will be remembered.

sugarhoops Thu 15-May-14 11:57:37

What a completely brilliant young man. I too shed tears when I read the news yesterday at my desk. His family should be incredibly proud of what a remarkable person they have raised. Rest in peace.

Fenton Thu 15-May-14 12:03:41

Lovely man.

So very sad he's gone. It's a wonderful thing he has done for the charity, but also what an amazing thing he has left for his family, - knowing that in his short life he has been a wonderful human being and left a lasting impression on millions of people.

RIP lad.

Rebecca2014 Thu 15-May-14 12:37:08

I read Stephen Story from the start, when he only had 18000 Facebook likes. I wondered why the media hadn't earlier picked up on this amazing young man. When the media picked the story up I am glad Stephen got to see the news story, hitting 3 million for teenager cancer charity.

Sad to think I won't read any more updates of what he is up too. RIP

What an amazing young man. His family must be so proud of how selfless and determined he was.

halfdrunktea Thu 15-May-14 14:11:40

I only read about him on Facebook in recent weeks. He didn't live very far away from me. It's incredibly sad and he sounds like an amazing young man.

sammy90 Thu 15-May-14 21:27:45

What an amazing loving caring person to deal with he's own illness and everyone else's to help improve the treatment and services. People who have lived life and when they are told they have got cancer they just dewell in their sorrows and don't think to be positive can't live life unhappy u never know when it's ur last day. I hope people will be inspired by this young man. Blessings and to rest in peace.

RecentlySpotted Thu 15-May-14 22:50:26

It's a shame the giving website crashed yesterday - I tried to give and I am sure a lot of people lose incentive as the days go on.

He is so inspirational -

I'm not entirely sure why his ex-headmaster is taking on such a high profile position in all of this.

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