In the face of terminal cancer, this 17-year-old girl set off a chain of good deeds with a call to make the world a kinder place.
Rebecca Schofield is a 15-year-old girl from Riverview, New Brunswick, who has been fighting brain cancer since February 2015, when she walked into the emergency room with a bad headache following a bout with the flu.
"It happened all of a sudden," Becca explained in a Ronald McDonald House blog post. "I had been feeling sick, but you never think brain cancer."
The next morning, she had a seven-and-a-half hour surgery to have her tumor removed, and she's been fighting the good fight ever since. But then this past December, almost two years after she first began her battle, two new tumors were discovered. And this time, they are inoperable.
"What this means for Becca if she chooses to they can offer treatment to extend life but it will not cure her cancer," explained Becca's dad Darren in a recent update on his daughter's Go Fund Me page. "We have been given [an] approximate time frame of 3 months to possibly a year, maybe a bit more."
So, so sad! But even as this brave young girl continues to fight for her life, she maintains a positive attitude with a focus on making the world a kinder place. Back in December, Becca launched a campaign calling for people to perform random acts of kindness to one another and then share them using the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo.
"No matter how young or old, rich or poor, no matter where in the world you are you can participate," she wrote in a post on the Becca's Battle With Butterscotch Facebook page. "It can be as big or small as you'd like. Donate to charity, volunteer your time, or even just do the dishes without your parents asking. Shovel someone's walkway or visit someone you know will be alone this holiday season. Get creative! Do something to make someone smile, and then tweet what you did under the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo."
By tagging the act, Becca could then be witness to the legacy of kindness she had set in motion—and which is now going viral in a big, big way.
Check out some of these posts:
Amazing!! And these are just a tiny glimpse at the kind of grace and altruism Becca has inspired in others.
"Every morning I wake up and I'm delighted that it's still happening," she recently told Good Morning America. "I feel like a kid on Christmas every single day.... Every day is a gift to know that it's happening."
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What a beautiful example of strength and courage in the face of adversity. Being kind goes a long way, so if you'd like to help Becca keep spreading her brilliant message, perform your own random act of kindness and then share it on social media with the #BeccaToldMeTo hashtag.
Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.