Today’s post is going to take a slight twist. While it is still about writing and books, the focus is on a 17-year old girl.
Imagine this: You’ve been very sick with what you think is a bad case of the flu. You go to the emergency room at the hospital. The doctors find a brain tumour, and give you 3 to 12 months to live. Wow…..
That’s what happened to an amazing young woman, Rebecca Schofield. What she did next is unlike anything I’ve ever heard.
First, she didn’t sit around for months, moping and crying “Alas woe is me.” No. She decided to write a bucket list, and try to do as many things from it as she could. Best of all, she was determined to live those last few months, however many there would be, as happy as can be. What she didn’t want, was for the focus to be on her.
Second, while those around her wanted to help in any way, shape, or form, again Becca took the focus away from herself, wanting to create a mass of acts of kindness. She asked everyone, young or old, rich or poor, no matter where they lived, to do something nice for others, using the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo. It doesn’t have to be anything big, she said.
Little did she know the footprint this request would leave on people’s heart, not only in the Riverview community where she lives, but all over the world.
Soon, her Facebook page, Becca’s Battle with Butterscotch began to fill with posts from thousands everywhere telling her they’d done what she’d asked, using the hashtag. One bought coffee for someone in the lineup behind them, another shovelled the neighbour’s driveway, while still another donated time at a local shelter. The word spread like wild fire. Her wish for kindness reached people from all over the world, including the US, UK, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Iraq, Dubai, and Kuwait.
Becca’s request was changing lives.
A year ago, Jason Tremere blogged about Becca and her story. He later offered to create a book as part of a fundraiser for her family. He sifted through over a thousand acts of kindness on her Facebook page, and put together the book, #BeccaToldMeTo: Spreading Kindness One Hashtag at a time. It recently released. Today, in Riverview, Jason held a book signing at Cover to Cover Books. I went early expecting a line up. There was one.
For the sake of a dying young girl determined to cross off an item from her bucket list, for people to spread kindness all over the world. One Hashtag at a time.
Thank you, Becca. You did it, girl.
Thank you Jason, for writing about it.
The book was created with full participation of the family, and net proceeds are being returned to them. If you’d like to purchase a copy, follow this LINK.
Be sure to have tissues on hand. Each act is as heart-warming as this amazing young woman.
(With Jason’s permission, some of the information herein is from his blog).