This report in the UK DailyMail online reflects on the short, but incredible life of Stephen Sutton and compares his courage and zest for life with recent UK celebrities who want euthanasia or assisted suicide.
By Rosa Monckton
|Stephen passed away last Wednesday.|
Pictured with his mother, Jane.
During his brief life, Stephen Sutton achieved something very beautiful. Not in the amount of money he raised for the Teenage Cancer Trust (although the £4 million plus is the largest donation they’ve received), but in reminding all of us of the meaning of life, and of the importance of celebrating each waking hour.
His sheer determination, and his courage in enduring painful treatment for cancer, were inspiring beyond words.
When Rebecca Hardy in this newspaper asked him how he put up with the pain, he replied: ‘At the end of the day, it’s going to give you so much extra life — and the extra life is definitely worth it. Life is brilliant.’
Although it is so sad that Stephen has died at just 19, and particularly devastating for his family, his legacy should be to make us all happy and grateful to be alive. It is a wonderful gift to exist — in my view, God given — and paradoxically, because of the way he attacked each day as though it were his last, there was something life-affirming even in his death.
Last week, while Stephen was fighting to stay alive, husband-and-wife TV duo Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan said they had agreed to an assisted death pact if one of them falls seriously ill.
A few days ago, meanwhile, Cilla Black said that she wouldn’t want to live past 75 — which will give her another four years.
I wonder if her three sons appreciate this morbid agenda.