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This speech from a high school senior with cancer is truly inspirational

One’s senior year in high school tends to be a whirlwind. It is a time of saying goodbyes, reflecting on the past, and looking forward to the future.

For New Zealand teen Jake Bailey, it also has been a time to come to terms with the grim reality of cancer.

Just one week before he was due to give a valedictory speech, Bailey was diagnosed with a rare and particularly aggressive cancer, reports Without immediate and intensive chemotherapy treatment, he was told, he would die within weeks.

Bailey took a short break from treatment to speak at his school’s prize-giving ceremony, and moved people around the world with his heartfelt and inspirational message. Whether facing college or terminal illness, one can heed Bailey's call to “be gallant, be great, be gracious and be grateful.”

Be gallant, be great, be gracious and be grateful

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