#BeccaToldMeTo – Riverview teen with terminal cancer asks people to perform acts of kindness
A 17-year-old girl from Riverview, N.B., who is battling terminal brain cancer, has enlisted the help of others to help her fulfill her bucket list. Becca Schofield isn’t asking for money, a fancy car or a luxurious trip, she is simply asking people to perform acts of kindness in her honour.
“People have a natural need to do good and that is what I am doing, I am being that vessel to do good,” said Schofield, who is asking people to post their good deeds to social media using the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo.
Schofield has been battling brain cancer for almost two years. Earlier this year, she thought she had beaten her disease, only to be told by her doctors in early December that she was terminal.
“I felt like someone punched me in the stomach and I couldn’t breathe,” said Schofield, who said her doctor gave her three months to a year to live.
“I am trying not to think about it too much because it hasn’t really hit home and I know when it does it is going to hurt a lot.”
Her mother, Anne, said the news has been devastating for the entire family.
“I don’t know where I will be when I have to deal with the finality of it, but right now I don’t want to think about it. I just want to focus on the now and every day cause every day is a gift.”
So while other kids finish up their their wish lists for Santa, Schofield is making a bucket list of things she wants to do or have done.
“There are certain things that I want to do with my time left,” Schofield said.
Her list includes many of life’s small pleasures, like spending a day surrounded by puppies, playing games with her family and eating her dad’s macaroni and cheese. She also wants to get a tattoo and fly in a plane.
On Thursday she added one more very important thing to her list. She posted a message on her Facebook page called Becca’s Battle with Butterscotch asking people to perform acts of kindness and post the good deeds to social media using the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo.
The list of people posting to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is growing daily.
“We feed off of that, the positive messages that people give us it helps us get through it,” Anne said.
Schofield said the posts fill her heart with joy and give her the courage to fight for another day.
“The idea of being gone that scares me. But then I remember that even if I am gone I am still going to be here in the acts of kindness that people have done and people are going to remember me for that.”
She hopes people across the country will join in on the trend to allow love and goodness spread and to live on.
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