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More Than a Cancer Survivor - The Jake Bailey Story

Matthew Pledger
20191112 162812

"[In interviews] you always get asked the same stuff. This is stuff I've never been asked before" - Jake Bailey

Jake Bailey is the ex-Christchurch Boys' High School senior monitor (Head Boy), whose end of year speech made worldwide headlines after going viral in November 2015. A week before he was due to deliver this speech, Jake fell ill and was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, the fastest growing cancer known to man.

However, Jake is More Than a Cancer Survivor.

The interview with Jake was recorded in the Botanical Gardens, which is a special place for Jake as it was the first place he went after leaving the hospital, he shares a hilarious story of that moment. Jake reflects on some incredible teachers at primary school that have had a lasting impression on him. Jake opens up about being bullied a little bit at primary school and feeling like an outsider. Jake speaks highly of the opportunities he was given at CBHS but reveals he felt isolated and overwhelmed in his role of Head Boy. He reflects on parting, drinking and going out with mates which was his escapism from being Head Boy. Jake shares one piece of advice from his nana that has stuck with him, a piece of advice that helped him get through the darkest days. Jake now lives in Australia with his girlfriend, they started dating 10 days before he got diagnosed with cancer, Jake talks about the bond they have been able to develop through adversity. With divorced parents, Jake talks about the support he received from his family and how important family is to him!

This is the Jake Bailey Story

More Than a Cancer Survivor - The Jake Bailey Story