A high school senior in New Zealand found out he had cancer just days before graduation and gave an inspiring speech that's gone viral. Jake Bailey, the Senior Monitor (NZ's version of class president) of Christchurch Boys' High School, was diagnosed with Burkitt lymphoma near the end of October. It's an aggressive form of cancer that requires intensive chemotherapy. The doctors told him that if he wasn't treated, he would die in the next three weeks. He started treatment and wasn't supposed to be able to make the ceremony, but managed to show up in a wheelchair to address his peers.
He tells his classmates to focus on short-term goals in the service of the big picture, to focus on doing over criticizing, and to be grateful for what they've been given. It's a well-crafted speech that's met with raucous applause and a "haka" chant from his classmates. They then sing the school song for him.
Luckily, it seems that Jake is doing better than some people think. According to the school's headmaster:
Some of the stories have painted a more negative light on his prognosis than his reality. Jake is alive and it's going to be very tough, incredibly tough, it will be very intensive treatment. However, the prognosis is good.
Best wishes to the lad.