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Canada teen who inspired #BeccaToldMeTo dead at 18

'If the love of a community actually had the medical power to cure childhood cancer, we believe Becca would have lived forever.'

 

Ramon Ramirez

IRL

Published Feb 18, 2018   Updated May 22, 2021, 12:30 am CDT

Rebecca Schofield died of brain cancer Saturday at 18 years old, but not before inspiring thousands of fellow Canadians to pay it forward with random acts of kindness. Thanks to Schofield, even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got in on the #BeccaToldMeTo movement.

Her cancer diagnosis turned terminal in December 2016, and Schofield was told she had a year to live. She quickly established the hashtag and it went global in 2017 as a sort of ALS ice bucket challenge-like, do-good movement on social media, inspiring others to volunteer and donate to charitable causes.

“If the love of a community actually had the medical power to cure childhood cancer, we believe Becca would have lived forever… While that wasn’t possible, we believe the countless acts of kindness Becca and her family have received from a community of caring people literally around the globe has at least helped soothe all of our souls,” her family wrote on Facebook.

“Kindness and positivity are a choice,” she told the National in 2017. On Twitter, moving fan tributes spread Sunday morning.

H/T Ottawa Citizen

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*First Published: Feb 18, 2018, 11:37 am CST