Jake Bailey presented with old boys' tie

Jake Bailey (file)
Jake Bailey (file)

An 18-year-old student fighting cancer has been presented with his school's old boys' tie in hospital.

Christchurch Boys' High School student Jake Bailey was visited by the president of the school's old boys' association and a member of the Dominion Branch Executive, who both awarded the tie to him today.

The student was diagnosed with Burkitts non-Hodgkinson lymphoma a week before he was meant to deliver a speech at his senior prizegiving ceremony. He was told he had three weeks to live if he did not get immediate treatment.

Mr Bailey showed up to prizegiving in a wheelchair and delivered his speech, the video of which gained international attention.

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A statement from the school said the community support for Mr Bailey continues to be a source of strength.

Infection remains a risk, however, which has restricted the number of visitors he can receive.

Messages of support and offers of help for the family are encouraged to be sent to the Christchurch Boys' High reception by email at: libeaum@staff.cbhs.school.nz.

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