Rebecca Schofield | Posthumous
"We have had many messages from people who now live a better life because of Becca’s example — even some who have, like Becca, faced their own mortality with grace and dignity,” says Anne. “To know that my child has done that for others makes me very proud."
Becca’s story inspired millions worldwide when, after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour in 2016, the teenager began encouraging acts of kindness.
Her Facebook page “#BeccaToldMeTo: Becca’s Battle with Butterscotch” invited followers to share their own experiences. “With so much negativity on social media, I think Becca’s page reminded people that no matter how bad things are, there is always a way to see some light in the darkness,” says her mother, Anne.
Having received many transfusions herself, one specific thing Becca wanted people to do was donate blood. “Blood helped extend and give her a better quality of life, and she wanted to help spread the message,” says Anne. “To her, donating blood would make you a superhero.”
Despite her illness, Becca was an engaging and constant presence across local, national and even international media as she spoke about blood donation and other acts of kindness. For her efforts, she received countless awards — including the Order of New Brunswick and the Meritorious Service Decoration Award Medal from the Governor General.
Becca tragically passed away on February 17, 2018 — but her legacy lives on in many ways. Anne has begun to adopt the Moncton donor centre for an annual donation event in honour of Becca’s inspiring story. As well, Becca’s Facebook page today has more than 21,000 followers, with people still posting about how Becca’s story has helped make the world a better place.