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A year of kindness: #BeccaToldMeTo movement continues to make an impact
It's been nearly a year since Rebecca Schofield from Riverview, N.B., captivated the Maritimes with her call for good deeds.
The request went viral, with random acts of kindess performed in her name still being documented around the world.
“So many people are taking comfort in it,” says Becca’s father, Darren Schofield. “Being able to read about things, seeing something positive instead of it all being negative. There's a lot of people that go there and it helps them deal with whatever they have to deal with.”
Over the past year, thousands of stories have been documented as part of the Riverview teen's bucket list call for good deeds. The tales are being compiled into a book that will be released next month.
“There's no little thing,” says Becca’s mother, Anne Schofield. “Even though what you think you're doing is small, it's not small. You're affecting somebody. You're putting a smile on their face, and there's nothing better than that.”
But the rest of Becca's story is still being written. Tuesday night, she received a Canada 150 senate medal for her contributions to the community, adding to accolades from the provincial government and the prime minister himself.
But positive days come on the heels of bad news. During a recent visit to the IWK, doctors found a new tumour in addition to two Becca already had.
On the positive side, her nausea has subsided and her appetite has returned. The Schofields say it's been a difficult time, but they're getting through it together.
“We were always a close family,” Anne Schofield says. “We were always the kind of family that did things together. But we've grown closer. We've grown to appreciate each other more, and we know what's important. And what's important is family.”
As the family focuses on what could be their last and biggest Christmas together, they're also putting out the call for Christmas cards, far and wide, to show one strong young woman just how many lives she's touched.
Christmas cards and be sent to P.O. Box 7135 Pine Glen, Riverview, NB E1B 4T8.
With files from CTV Atlantic’s Cami Kepke.