Head boy gives extraordinary end-of-term speech despite just weeks to live – watch his address and the heart-warming reaction

10th November 2015 at 12:20


Just seven days before he was due to give a speech to his school at the end of term, 18-year-old Jake Bailey was told he had terminal cancer and only had three weeks to live.

And yet, given day-release from an aggressive course of chemotherapy, the brilliant young man, by now wheelchair-bound, still managed to make his scheduled appearance at the Christchurch Boys' High School speech day.

The wonderful 20-minute talk that followed – and the extraordinary and uplifting reaction of his friends and classmates – has now been viewed hundreds of thousands of times around the world. It’s not difficult to see why. 


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