New Zealand valedictorian's speech goes viral

New Zealand valedictorian's speech goes viral

(WVUE) - An emotional speech from a high school valedictorian in New Zealand is touching hearts around the world.

Jake Bailey is undergoing intensive chemotherapy after he was diagnosed earlier this month with a fast-growing form of cancer known as Burkitt Lymphoma.

"I wrote a speech, and then a week before I was due to deliver this speech tonight they said, 'You've got cancer' " Bailey told his fellow students at graduation.

"They said, 'If you don't get any treatment within the next three weeks, you're going to die.' And then they told me that I wouldn't be here tonight to deliver that speech. But luckily, that speech isn't about what is to come - it's about what an amazing year it has been. And you didn't really expect me to write a whole another speech from my hospital bed did you?"

He ended his inspirational speech by saying, "None of us get out of life alive. So be gallant, be great, be gracious, be grateful for the opportunities you have."

Click here to watch the speech, and click here to read a complete transcript.