Last November, Becca Schofield of Riverview, New Brunswick, was informed that the brain cancer she’d been fighting for two years was terminal. Becca decided to make and execute a bucket list with the help of her friends and family. Doctors say she has anywhere from three months to a year to live.
With all the overwhelming support for her bucket list, the 17-year-old thought of a new idea. Becca and her dad, Darren Schofield, created the hashtag #Beccatoldmeto to encourage people to help others and, in a roundabout way, to help Becca, too.
“Everyone wants to help…and a lot of my bucket list is I want to revisit places I’ve been, eat my favorite foods, watch my parents’ favorite movies with them,” said Becca. “It’s not stuff people can help with. This is something other people can do and feel like they’re doing stuff for me. I love that it’s not just for the recipient and not just for the person who’s giving. It’s also for me.”
Becca took to social media in December to tell friends and family about the hashtag. It was originally meant to celebrate her last day of radiation on Dec. 16. But now the hashtag has grown into something more and Becca receives notifications every day from people around the world.
“Every morning I wake up and I’m delighted that it’s still happening,” she said. “I feel like a kid on Christmas morning every single day….Every day is a gift to know that it’s happening.”
Becca’s parents consider the hashtag’s success a gift as well.
“It makes more than three people feel good because me and my husband watch Becca’s face and see the smile on her face,” Anne Schofield, Becca’s mother, said. “In the evening she’ll sit and look on her iPad and see what people have posted.”
Becca’s parents once remarked to Becca how surprised they were that her acts of kindness hashtag spread so quickly.
“You just don’t dream big enough,” was their daughter’s reply.