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Wisdom, courage, and a fighting spirit.


Jake Bailey caused a global sensation when he delivered a very moving speech from his wheelchair as Head Boy at Christchurch Boys High School’s prize giving ceremony in November 2015.

A week before he was due to deliver this speech he fell ill and was diagnosed with Burkett’s non-Hodgkinson lymphoma, the fastest growing cancer known to man, and given three weeks to live if this was left untreated. He persevered through to make his speech to his school, and the video of this went on to touch the hearts of millions and drew support from across the globe.

Jake's quote from this speech was voted Massey Universities quote of the year 2015, with a resounding 77% lead - "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."

Jake has been in remission since January 2016 and since then has gone on to share his story. Jake talks about courage, and the things he learnt that gave him clarity throughout his journey, in the hopes of helping other people facing difficulties.

Current work
He is currently presenting inspirational speeches around the globe and is an official ambassador for two charities - Maia Health Foundation in New Zealand, and Tour de Cure in Australia; two causes very close to his heart, which he is incredibly passionate about and the differences they make.

Jake presents a heart-warming, up lifting address that will leave a lasting impression on your audience!

Jake was down to earth and very accommodating prior and after the speaking engagement. Jake is a very likable guy, went out of his way for us as an organization but also on the night with the public posing for pictures and chatting. The way that he carries himself you have to keep reminding yourself that he is only 19 years old! Nelson Cancer Society
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