Stephen Sutton’s final inspiring message and how he changed the world.

Stephen Sutton; a teen that changed the world:

 And a child shall lead them……….

When I first heard about Stephen Sutton, I was pretty amazed.  It was another amazing story of a kid that was given a bad hand in life but who instead of folding, went all in.

Stephen was born on December 16, 1994 in Burntwood England.  He was the classic energetic and fun loving kid growing up but when he was 15 his world changed forever.  He was diagnosed with Stage 3 colorectal cancer.  Even after aggressive treatment, it spread to other parts of his body.  The doctors gave the unfortunate news that it was incurable.

For anyone that is devastating news.  Cancer doesn’t care if you are famous, rich, old, poor or young.  Instead of giving up though, Stephen; in his own words; was going to “make cancer his bitch.”

He made a list of 46 things he wanted to do in life and he amazingly did 34 of them.  He created a facebook page, Stephen’s Story (https://www.facebook.com/StephensStory) which now has over 1 million followers.  He began fundraising for the Teenage Cancer Trust fund.  His goal was to raise $10,000 pounds but instead of that, he has raised over $3.4 MILLION pounds.  Kids and famous people all over the UK began to donate.

His famous thumbs up with a smile inspired everyone.  People of all ages began to send photos on his Facebook page with a thumbs up of support.  He also was a part of breaking a Guinness Book of World Record by being a part of the largest amount of people outlining a heart with their hands.

He was able to meet Prime Minister David Cameron and his photo with him with a big “thumbs up” went viral.  He lit a positive fire in the UK that will be eternal.

In a final message, he inspired like only certain people can during their darkest hour.  Stephen showed us that life isn’t about being rich, having the hottest woman, or being around fame and fortune.  It isn’t arrogance or things or possessions.  He showed us that even in today’s technology based world, the most powerful thing of all is still the love and kindness of the human heart.  It’s compassion for others, and smiling and standing strong during good and bad times.  It’s inspiring others and making a difference through love.  The simplest of things.

‘It’s a final thumbs up from me! (Stephen’s last message)

‘I’ve done well to blag things as well as I have up till now, but unfortunately I think this is just one hurdle too far.  ‘It’s a shame the end has come so suddenly- there’s so many people I haven’t got round to properly thank or say goodbye too. Apologies for that.

‘There was also so many exciting projects and things I didn’t get to see out. Hopefully some will continue and if you want to carry on the fundraising please do (justgiving.com/stephen-sutton-TCT is the link to donate to).

‘All future updates on this page will probably be from a family member. I hopefully may have the energy to write a few tweets (@_StephensStory).

‘I will continue fighting for as long as I can, and whatever happens next I want you all to know I am currently in a good place mentally and at ease with the situation. ‘That’s it from me. It has been a good life.  Very good.’

 

 

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What the Oakland Raiders Draft Means for 2014-15 Season

For the first time in a very long time, I am positive about the Raiders NFL draft.  Lets look at what each players’ role may be for next years season.

1:  Khalil Mack OLB-Buffalo

Most have never seen Mack play but with all that everyone is saying, the Raiders may have drafted the best defensive player in the draft.  A high character guy with a great attitude and work ethic, it’s the type of player that you build a defense around.  He can play standing up or in a stance and he will be starting day 1.

Strengths:  He’s a super fast play-maker who is a great tackler.  He dominated in college especially rushing the passer.  Potential super star.

Weakness:  Buffalo is a small school so the level of competition wasn’t great.

2.  Derek Carr QB-Fresno St.

Next years draft has a better mix of QB’s than this years draft in my opinion so a pick here wasn’t life or death.  The Raiders though loved Carr’s physical tools. Carr loves football, and he’s mature, and he has a great work ethic.  He’ll be on the bench next year with Matt Schaub running the show.

Strength:  A rocket for an arm.  He can make all the NFL throws.  He throws well on the run and is a good leader.  Good character guy who is a hard worker.

Weakness:  Did not play against top competition and did not have to deal with much of a pass rush for much of the year.  In the USC game, he was rushed often and he looked terrible.  He’ll have to play better against a rush.

3.  Gabe Jackson G-Mississippi St. 

Jackson was a total steal.  He was considered the best guard in the draft and many felt he was a for sure second round pick.  He did not give up a sack in the last 2 years and was dominant at times.

Strength:  Good all around player who has great size.  Another hard worker who can start right away.  This may complete the Raiders OL.

Weakness:  Has to keep his weight in check but otherwise he’s a solid player.

4.  Justin Ellis NT-Louisiana Tech

Ellis was a good run stopper and was a load to block at times.  He can become too heavy and it limited his play due to fatigue issues so he has to keep his weight down.  He’ll provide depth for the DL.

Strength:  Strong and physical who is a load to block at times.

Weakness:  One dimensional bull rusher who needs to get into better shape and learn to stay in his gap.

4.  Keith McGill CB-Utah

A physically gifted athlete who played well at CB for the Utes.  He’s a big corner; 6′ 3″, 210 lb: who has a lot of potential.

Strength:  He’s fast, athletic and a good cover corner.  He is big and has great size.

Weakness:  He’s not very physical and not a very good tackler.  He will have to improve his toughness which for some DB’s, is pretty hard to do in the pro’s.  Next year he will probably be a special teams player who will provide depth.

7.  TJ Carrie CB-Ohio

A good athlete and cover guy, Carrie was also a good special teams returner due to his speed.  He may make the team due to his special teams play.

Strength: Athletic, fast, good special teams returner.

Weakness:  Poor technique and only occasional ball hawk skills at times.  Needs to improve his football instincts.

7.  Shelby Harris DL-Illinois St.

Harris has talent but he’s had his problems.  He was kicked off the team last year for violating team rules and hasn’t played for a year.  He’s also had weight issues and at times get’s out of shape.  He has good numbers though and is a producer.  If he can get his act together, he may make the team and provide depth.  Harris had 7 sacks in 2012.

Strength:  Has shown off his talent in college with good numbers in the games he’s played in.  He’s a good tackler who can stuff the line of scrimmage.

Weakness:  Needs to mature and keep in shape.  He needs to improve his technique as well.

7.  Jonathan Dowling DB-Western Kentucky

He is tall and lanky and is a really good athlete.  He has good cover skills and good football instincts with good recover speed.  Will be pressed to make the team though.

Strength:  Good athlete with good cover skills and speed.

Weakness:  He’s not physical at all.  He’s easily blocked and over matched at the line of scrimmage.  If he could get into the weight room and become tougher, he could make the team.

 

 

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