Jake Bailey has been given three weeks to live after a cancer diagnosis. He gave an emotional speech after the diagnosis which has moved his classmates to tears.
The senior monitor was to give a final speech at Christchurch Boys' High School at the prize giving ceremony. But after a cancer diagnosis the principal had planned to step in and deliver the speech.
‘18-year-old Jake has been diagnosed with the advanced Burkitt non-Hodgkin lymphoma which becomes fatal if left untreated. But it can be fought with intensive chemotherapy.’
But despite suffering with the advanced stage of his Burkitt non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Jake came on stage in a wheelchair to give the speech.
"A week before I was due to deliver this speech tonight they said, 'You've got cancer'. If you don't get any treatment within the next three weeks you're going to die'. Then they told me I wouldn't be here to deliver this speech," said Jake.
"None of us get out of life alive, so be gallant, be great, be gracious and be grateful for the opportunities you have," he said.
After his speech, the school gave him a standing ovation. Burkitt lymphoma is fatal if left untreated but can be fought with intensive chemotherapy. Jake started his chemotherapy treatments.