Senior year in high school tends to be a whirlwind. For Jake Bailey, it was also a time to come to terms with the grim reality of cancer.
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 was also 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 Stuff.co.nz. 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.”