Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Jake Bailey: What Cancer Taught me

By: Jake Bailey
34914668Location: NF 920 BAI
Genre: The title says it all...

‘None of us get out of life alive, so be gallant, be great, be gracious, and be grateful for the opportunities you have"

I have had this quote up in our library on a large poster for all to see as the meander in. The 4 G's- gallant, great, gracious and grateful. 
Who can forget Jakes speech in his wheelchair at his final school assembly, it was deeply moving, it was couragous and I doubt if anyone would ever have know the ripples it has produced.
Our students in our school have seen those words now and it is my hope that they deeply resonate. That our students will be gallant, that they will be great, that they will be gracious and they will be grateful.
Thankyou Jake for sharing with us your journey, in your words, to your generation, it is gallant, it is a great, you have been gracious and we are grateful.

Jake Bailey’s inspirational end-of-year speech as head boy at Christchurch Boys’ High School was delivered from a wheelchair just one week after he was diagnosed with the most aggressive of cancers. As he lay in hospital fighting to stay alive, his speech grabbed headlines around the world.

Jake’s cancer, and that speech, became the start of a bigger journey that continues today. In this remarkably honest account of his illness, treatment and recovery, Jake shares all that the experience has taught him. His book is an uplifting call to action for people of all ages.

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