Stephen Sutton, now 19, was diagnosed with terminal cancer when he was just 15 years old. When he got the news, he knew he didn't want to waste what time he had left, so he created a bucket list. On it were the wacky (go skydiving, learn to juggle, crowd surf in a rubber dinghy at a concert), and the serious—inspire someone to be a doctor, write a book and the most important of them all: Raise 10,000 British pounds for charity.
As his cause became more recognized, celebrities supported him, and his story quickly went viral. Because of that, he then wanted to aim higher. He upped the ante to raise 1 million pounds for his selected charity, Teenage Cancer Trust. He said he wanted to "prove there has been some purpose to my short life."
Sutton has surely made a difference in many people's lives, through his social updates (he has more than 242,000 followers on Facebook), but also through his fundraising. At the time of publishing this story, Stephen has raised more than 1.5 million pounds—that's more than $2.5 million!
The incredible news, crossing off the No. 1 item on his bucket list, seemingly came just in time. As his condition becomes more "dire," according to The Daily Mail, Sutton posted his final status update on Facebook saying, "It's a final thumbs up from me! [...] Life has been good. Very good." Moving forward, he said, his family will be posting and updating his followers. He encouraged everyone to continue to donate and thanked his fans for "sharing this wonderful journey with me."