Cancer survivor Jake Bailey spoke to about 260 people at the Hospice Mother’s Day event hosted at the Invercargill Workingmen’s Club on Sunday, May 14.
The former head boy at Christchurch Boys’ High School became known around the world in November 2015 when a video of a speech he gave at his school’s end-of-year prizegiving went viral.
The young motivational speaker and author spoke about the important role his mother played in helping him in his fight against cancer.
In his darkest moments, the daily emails sent by his mother, Janine, inspired him to keep fighting while undergoing chemotherapy for Burkitts non-Hodgkinson lymphoma, a rare form of cancer.
“My mum’s been a big part of my story and experience with cancer, so it’s great to be able to share my story and the part my mum played in that here on Mother’s Day.”