It is impossible not to be inspired by Becca Schofield.
This past December, at the age of seventeen, her doctors told her that the brain cancer she had been battling for the past two years was now terminal.
Within 24 hours of receiving this devastating news, she posted to Facebook. “I’m excited to write my bucket list, do everything on it, and live out the rest of my days as happily as I can. I’m happy my parents will let me get a tattoo. I’m scared, but eager to do all the amazing things I know I’ll get to do before long. I’m about to have a hell of a great year and I don’t know what else to say other than thank you for the support and strength you’ve given my family, and the kindness you’ve shown my family. Please try to think less of how my life will be cut short and more of how wicked awesome my time left will be!”
The Schofields immediately received a flood of community support from people wanting to know how they could help.
Becca and her father came up with the idea – to celebrate her last radiation session in December, people could do random acts of kindness in her name, using the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo.
It didn’t take long for the word to spread.
Random acts of kindness in Becca’s name began pouring in on social media from across Canada and all over the world including Kuwait, Japan, Australia, Uruguay, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
“What was supposed to be a one day thing is now still going and growing,” says Anne, Becca’s mother.
“I don’t want it to stop,” adds Becca. Her wish is that people will slow down, breathe and be kind to each other.
Becca believes that it does not matter how big or small your gesture is, as long as you do something. It can be shoveling your neighbour’s driveway, donating blood, volunteering your time, or buying someone a coffee. Most good deeds do not cost a thing.
“Never underestimate the power of your smile,” states Anne. “On some of our worst days in the last two years, the only positive we had was a smile from a stranger. That could be just what someone needs to turn their day around.”
Anne explains that when you do a random act of kindness, and share it on social media using #BeccaToldMeTo, it actually makes three people happy. “It makes you happy for doing something nice for somebody because that’s a great feeling, it makes the person you do it for happy for receiving an act of kindness that may brighten their day, and it makes Becca happy to read what you’ve done in her name.”
Did they ever think it would catch on the way that it has?
“At one point, I said to Becca ‘Wow, this is big. We didn’t think it’d get this big,’” shares Anne.
To which Becca responded “That’s your problem mom, you don’t dream big enough.”