History's HEROES? Dated 1994 -

Stephen Sutton

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  • Raised over 3 million pounds to help others.


  • Brave / Courageous
  • Altruistic (puts other first e.g. risks or gives life for others)
  • Visionary (has far reaching ideas)
  • Inspiring / Charismatic
  • Determined

Turned his bad situation into helping others

Stephen Sutton was diagnosed with cancer as a teenager yet turned his bad situation into helping others,

Stephen Sutton was born on the 16th December 1994 in Burntwood, Staffordshire. He lived with his mother Jane, stepfather Tony and brother Chris. Stephen went to primary and secondary school in his home town. As a child he was very active, participating in sports and activities, particularly long-distance running and football. He had no health problems at all at this time.

This was all about to change when, in September 2010, Stephen was diagnosed with stage 3B colorectal cancer, aged 15. It all started as a tumour on his bowels, which quickly spread to his knees and then to his lungs and liver. Instead of cursing his misfortune, the teenager drew up a bucket list of 46 things to do before he died. This included playing drums in front of a huge crowd, getting a tattoo, sky diving and, most significantly, he was motivated to try to raise £10,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Sadly, Stephen died in his sleep at Queen Elizabeth hospital in the early hours of 14th May 2014, aged 19.

I think he is a hero because he raised lots of money so that scientists can find a cure for cancer and so other people won't have to suffer the way he did. His body may not live on, but his legacy does.

Life in Stephen Sutton's world

Stephen's world was much like yours or mine - he was an ordinary person living an ordinary life.

Was Stephen Sutton a Hero?

  • Despite having cancer he tried to help others.
  • Didn't give up.

Things you might not know about Stephen Sutton

He was very good at sports.
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