On the 15th of June, Sancta Maria students had the privilege of being visited by Jake Bailey. As a cancer survivor, he came to teach our students some valuable lessons in life.
He began his presentation by explaining his journey through cancer. As an 18-year-old, Jake was blind sighted when he found that he was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and had only two weeks to live if left untreated. However, Jake fought through and was free from the cancer, leading him to be the successful public speaker that he is today.
As head boy in his school, he wanted to offer advice that his college-self would have needed during the time. This advice was to fight against fear. He encouraged our students to stop fearing the opinions of others and the future. Due to his near-death he experienced, he realised that life is too short to live in fear, prompting Sancta Maria students to ignore any worry that they may have and instead fulfil any of their dreams and wishes.
Therefore, Jake’s inspirational speech has given Sancta Maria College a new perspective on life and how to continue our journey through high school. We express our immense gratitude towards Jake Bailey for taking the time to speak to us.