It will be difficult to post much about our next nontraditional leader without getting emotional. Stephen Sutton describes himself on his Facebook page as a "19 year old teenager with incurable cancer just trying to enjoy life as much as possible, while raising funds for charity to help others!!" But Stephen, who has been battling cancer since the age of 13 and now only has a short time left to live, is so much more than his modest description; he has truly inspired millions.
"Following the shock of an incurable cancer diagnosis Stephen came to terms with the fact his long term goals of becoming a doctor were realistically not viable anymore, so as a result he needed a change of a direction. On the 13th January 2013 he created the Facebook page Stephen’s Story.
In its original form, the page consisted of casual updates while the active teenager ticked off items from his bucketlist of 46 things he wanted to do with the time he has left. Since then, the page has developed and its sole goal is to help others- whether that be by the fundraising the page promotes, the motivational quotes and statuses that are put out, or just by the humour and general positivity he integrates within every status.
Stephen’s Story has since expanded to other forms of social media including Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram, amongst others. The much admired teenager, who writes every update himself, has now most impressively acquired over 16,000 dedicated Facebook fans and nearly 15,000 avid followers on Twitter.
Stephen’s Story has now evolved into all encompassing online platform that Stephen uses to spread as much positivity as possible from. Thus far he has inspired thousands of people across the world with his passion for life and will continue to make a genuine difference for as long as he can."
We would be honored if you would consider supporting Stephen's cause: raising funds for cancer. We welcome you to visit his Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Stephensstory