When 19-year-old Stephen Sutton was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he started a social media project, documenting his story and fundraising efforts for cancer.

Fifteen months ago, Sutton set a goal to raise roughly $17,000 for the British Teenage Cancer Trust.

But he surpassed that goal and raised more than $2m.

The use of social media to raise money and awareness for various causes is growing in popularity, but it also involves greater risks.

Al Jazeera's Catherine Stancl reports from London.

Source: Al Jazeera