Jake Bailey: Teen With Cancer Impresses Again With Speech In Australia

Publish Date
Tuesday, 21 June 2016, 9:29AM

The inspirational words of cancer survivor Jake Bailey have wowed once again.

Last year, the then-Christchurch Boys' High School head boy won hearts around the world when he told fellow pupils and the school community at the end-of-year prizegiving to "be gallant, be great, be gracious, and be grateful for the opportunities you have".

He had not been expected to attend the ceremony after being diagnosed with Burkitt's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma a week earlier.

This week, his words again brought people to tears.

Mr Bailey was invited to speak at the Tour de Cure Snow Ball in Sydney, and left the audience "floored", the cancer charity's communications officer Sally Heginbotham told the New Zealand Herald.

"He was amazing. We had 1000 people and he got a standing ovation. He's an amazing speaker and he had people in tears."

Like his earlier speech, he spoke again about how cancer had taught him to appreciate every day. But he also shared some of the unexpected challenges of fighting the disease, Mrs Heginbotham said.

Watch the speech above!