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Jake Bailey: What Cancer Taught Me

Jake Bailey

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Jake Bailey: What Cancer Taught Me
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Publisher Description

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

Author Biography

Teenager Jake Bailey grabbed headlines around the world when he delivered a rousing speech from a wheelchair at his school's end of year prize giving in 2015. At the time Jake was the Head Boy at Christchurch Boys' High School, and had just one week earlier been diagnosed with the fastest growing form of cancer, Burkitt's non-Hodgkins lymphoma,. He was given two weeks to live if the cancer was left untreated, and was hospitalised for three months while undergoing intensive chemotherapy treatment. A video of the speech Jake made to his fellow students was viewed by millions and attracted media attention globally. His now famous quote - 'Here's the thing, none of us get out of life alive, so be gallant, be great, be gracious, and be grateful for the opportunities you have' - was voted Massey University's 2015 New Zealand Quote of the Year. Now in remission, Jake is based on the Gold Coast in Australia from where he travels to deliver inspirational speeches that draw on his experience of cancer and all that it has taught him. He is an ambassador for the Maia Health Foundation in New Zealand and the Tour de Cure in Australia.

Product Details

Publisher
Penguin Group (NZ)
Year
2017
ISBN-10
0143770861
ISBN-13
9780143770862
Format
Paperback
Publication Date
2017-05-15
Country of Publication
New Zealand
Pages
240
Author
Jake Bailey

Product Reviews

13 Jun, 2017
By Isabella H
13 Jun, 2017
This book was an inspirational read. Jake is an exceptional young man, and his journey and attitude to life has taught me how i can be a better person.
By heather d
12 Jun, 2017
Wonderful book and sent to my friend who got cancer.
By Jing G