Brave High Schooler With Cancer Tells Us What We Need To Hear
What would you do if you were told you only had a few weeks to live? 18-year-old Jake Bailey was told that without treatment, his Burkitts non-Hodgkins lymphoma would take his life within weeks.
The graduating senior was due to give a speech a week after the devastating news. His doctors told him he wouldn't be able to make it. But the brave senior monitor, similar to a student body president, at Christchurch Boys' High School in New Zealand, left his bed to deliver an eye opening speech to his classmates.
His speech is long, but after the 10 minute mark he really hits home. He talks about how valuable life is. We can't plan for the future, so we have to take advantage of the here and now.
"None of us get out of life alive, so be gallant, be great, be gracious, and be grateful for the opportunities you have."
Those are words to live by. We wish you a quick and full recovery, Jake!