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Facebook hero Stephen Sutton, 19, is dead

So Stephen was happy about the donations.
Photo: Facebook - Stephen's Story

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He died at 19 and spent his too-short life helping others. Briton Stephen Sutton is dead . At age 15, he got the diagnosis colon cancer, at 19 he died of the disease. But not without first reaching his biggest goal, namely with the help of Facebook to raise a million pounds for the children's cancer aid. And even more: until his death, it was even 3.2 million pounds.

The story of the young cancer patient is impressive : four years ago, the then 15-year-old was diagnosed with cancer. But alas too late. If doctors had discovered the tumor sooner, his prognosis would probably have been better. Even after the chemo, which initially appeared successful, the cancer came back in 2011.

For Stephen no reason to give up . On the contrary, the teenager began to make the most of his situation and collected money for other children with cancer via social media. Even in his last months, he still partially co-ordinated his own solidarity campaign. He made his story public, created justgiving.com's homepage for the donations, and a Facebook page titled Stephen's Story.

Before he died, Stephen put on his "bucket-list": 46 things he wanted to experience before he died. For example, sting a tattoo or hug an animal that is taller than him. And that's what Stephen did. On his Facebook page, he published a photo with an elephant.

Now Stephen has died after his long fight . And this time, his mother speaks on Facebook: "My heart is bursting with joy, but it breaks in pain over my brave, selfless, inspirational son, who died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of May 14, " explains Jane Sutton, He continues: "We all know that he will never forget, his spirit lives on in what he has achieved and in what he has inspired so many people."

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