Head Boy Makes Inspiring Final Speech One Week After Cancer Diagnosis

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A week before a prize-giving ceremony at an all boys school in New Zealand, the head boy was told he has cancer and had only weeks left to live.

Jake Bailey left his hospital bed and donned his uniform again to deliver his speech at Christchurch Boy’s High School despite being diagnosed with Burkitts non-Hodgkinson lymphoma – and brought his classmates to tears.

He said:

‘None of us get out if lie alive, so be gallant, be great, be gracious, and be grateful for the opportunities you have. The opportunity to learn from the men who walked before you and those who walk beside you.’

The school fell silent during his speech, until he finished and they answered with a standing ovation and a haka.