Premier hails zest for life of cancer teenager who has raised £3m

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The Prime Minister has praised the “incredible” zest for life of a teenager with incurable cancer who has raised more than £3m for charity.

David Cameron paid a private visit to 19-year-old Stephen Sutton, who is being treated for multiple tumours at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. During the visit, lasting around 15 minutes, Stephen, whose fund-raising for the Teenage Cancer Trust has won backing from people around the world, posed for pictures alongside the Prime Minister, his mother Jane and the consultant treating him.

Stephen, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, has raised more than £3.1m in donations from 131,000 people since posting Stephen’s Story, a film about his bucket list, on the internet.

Mr Cameron, who gave Stephen a letter saying he was humbled by his bravery and positive attitude, had previously missed out on meeting the teenager when he visited Downing Street to tick off an item on his “bucket list” last year.

After visiting the ward where Stephen is being cared for, Mr Cameron said: “He’s amazing, just an inspiration.

“Anyone who watches that video on YouTube just can’t help but be impressed by his bravery and courage but also his incredible warmth and passion for life.

“It really is extraordinary.”

Mr Cameron added: “When you watch that YouTube video, it’s one of the most inspiring things you will ever see. Here’s this 
guy who is fighting a disease 
but he’s also got time to inspire hundreds of thousands of people.”

In his letter to Stephen, Mr Cameron said: “You have my admiration and gratitude for all that you have achieved.”