Video: Christchurch schoolboy Jake Bailey gives first TV interview on cancer battle


The inspirational Christchurch schoolboy whose speech echoed around the world has given his first TV interview about his battle against cancer.

In an interview with Seven Sharp, Jake Bailey said he'd had messages of encouragement from hundreds of people, after his prizegiving speech went viral.

Jake, who moved millions with his end-of-year speech, is in remission and spoke to Seven Sharp.
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"It's important for me to have this opportunity to thank the people who've supported me throughout the process," he said.

"Up until now I haven't really felt up to it."

Hear Jake Bailey talk about his incredible journey, the reaction to his speech, and his plans for the future, on Seven Sharp tonight.

Jake finished intensive chemotherapy treatment a few weeks ago, and is now officially in remission.

At the end of last year Jake Bailey addressed his Christchurch Boys' High School students at their prizegiving assembly.

Christchurch Boys' High School head boy Jake Bailey delivered his last speech at prize giving, after being diagnosed with cancer.
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The 18-year-old was given two weeks to live, if he didn't have treatment right away, after he was told he was suffering from Burkitt's non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

He spoke of how people must enjoy life, and seize their opportunities, sadly stating that "no one gets out of life alive".

Following the tearful speech, fellow students gave a powerful haka to support the ill teen.

An excerpt of Jake's speech won the Massey University Quote of the Year competition.

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