With Months To Live, A Young Cancer Patient Has One Final Request: Be Kind


Becca Schofield has been fighting cancer for two years, but now she's taking on a new campaign: asking people to be kind.

The 17-year-old Canadian was recently told by doctors that she had three months to a year to live, news she responded to by beginning a bucket list. But she's also begun pushing people to do random acts of kindness in her name. 

"It can be as big or as small as you'd like," Becca said on Twitter. "Donate to charity, volunteer your time, or even just do the dishes without your parents asking."

While the hashtag hasn't quite become a global phenomenon, people in Canada are already participating, and her story trended on the content sharing site Reddit.


Greene, a 45-year-old man who lives in New Brunswick, Canada and works for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), said you never know the results of performing seemingly small gestures.

"I would have never expected that reaction and that's what #beccatoldmeto is all about," he said in an email to A Plus. "Small gestures that may have an impact far greater than you'll ever know."

He wasn't just moved by the reaction he got for this small gesture, though. He was also moved by the selflessness displayed by Schofield, despite her diagnosis.

"Becca has gone through more than any 17-year-old or anyone should have to," Greene said. "When most people would be thinking about themselves, she's thinking about how she can make the world a better place. She has absolutely done that."

Marc Gauthier, another resident of New Brunswick, Canada, was walking into work when he saw a young man with a shopping cart dumpster diving. He went over to the man, said hello, and handed him a $10 bill. 

"I never carry cash on me usually but had a $10 bill," Gauthier said. "He looked at me and took the money then said, 'there isn't many people left like you, thank you very much for this.'"

Halifax, Nova Scotia resident Jackie Poirier went for a group good deed, bringing in coffee to work for "tired hockey fans." She, too, was moved by the social campaign and even sent messages out to people she had volunteered with overseas to help spread Schofield's message. 

"Random acts are so important because the world seems to have turned into a not-so-friendly place, but despite that the spirit of generosity and kindness can overcome and shine through," she said. "This whole 'campaign' that Becca has started has spread a lot of kindness, touched the hearts of people all around the world. I have children and it's a wonderful story to tell them that a young girl has had so much impact. It really shows the power of one."

Last week, Becca was honored by the RCMP of New Brunswick with a Commander's Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Community Spirit and Leadership. 

"The New Brunswick RCMP knows that every action matters when it comes to building safer communities and we have seen what can happen when kindness is absent in a person's life," they wrote.

You can donate to her GoFundMe here, or simply go perform an act of kindness and share the story with the hashtag #beccatoldmeto.

CORRECTION: This story originally misstated who worked for the RCMP. It was Greene, not Gauthier.

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