Remember Jake Bailey?
His inspirational graduation speech about his then recent cancer diagnosis went viral late last year.
He was the Head Boy at Christchurch Boys’ High School in New Zealand and he made an unexpected speech at the final assembly, after being told he had three weeks to live.
The 18-year-old was diagnosed with Burkitt’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and it was attacking his body aggressively.
Incredibly, Jake has announced he’s in remission after three months of intensive chemotherapy.
In a statement, he said:
“‘I am now fortunate to be able to announce that recent tests show that my treatment has been successful and I am officially in remission.
“There will be a lot of follow up care over the coming years and cancer makes no guarantees, but for now I can get on with my life.
“The thing about facing death is that you get to rethink exactly who you are and who you want to be if you are lucky enough to get the chance. I want to make a difference more than ever before. Our lives are simply too fleeting not to.”
He thanked a lot of people, including his family, his school, the medical teams thaht treated him, other sufferers, and blood and platelet donors.
“I wish them and their families the best. I hope, like us, you share times of genuine depth amongst your hardship – moments probably missed if we didn’t have to go through this.”
Burkitt’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a rare but aggressive form of cancer that attacks the lymphatic system, which helps fight infections.
Source: News Hub NZ