Bowen Alexander Story. Bo for short. On September 12, 2007, this incredible little boy burst onto the scene. Bo was presented a teddy bear by his Mepaw on the day he was born. The combined words he used stuck, and from then on, Bo was known as “BoBear.”
Bowen Story Fund
When Bo reached twenty-three months of age, he began his battle with Medulloblastoma, a highly malignant brain cancer. He developed posterior fossa syndrome that left him with the left side of his face paralyzed, his eyes crossed, and right side weakness of his body. Bo could not see far, so he focused on his favorite DVD case, “The Incredibles.” This helped his eyes repair themselves. It was during this time his father gave him his most fitting nickname: “Mr. Incredible.”
Bo would live up to this name and surpass it as he endured three major brain surgeries, three high-dose chemotherapy treatments, three stem-cell transplants and nine months of maintenance chemo. He did all of this as he dealt with posterior fossa syndrome and autism. During Bo’s two year cancer battle, Bo showed everyone strength and faith are some of the most basic of life’s wonders. Bo, with the strength and endurance he showed, became known for his motto, “Be strong! Be BO strong!”
In August 15, 2011, a month shy of his fourth birthday, Bo received his well-earned angel wings. Bo’s cancer had spread to his liver. Bo took his last breath surrounded by those who loved him most. Bo taught many people that hope, faith, and love are essential during his battle against cancer. The support shown to the Story family was overwhelming, so unintentionally, the fire had been ignited for the beginning of The Bowen Story Fund.
The Story family was blessed to have help with things like gas cards and meal cards when they battled with Bo. They decided to make Bo’s fund help where they found it most useful. Our hope in combining with CURE Childhood Cancer is to grow and help more families as we were graciously helped. Bo was a fighter and his family fights daily for children still battling this disease. We learned from the best. They live by Bo’s motto, and now their own. BE STRONG! BE BO STRONG!!!!
Purpose of the Fund
The Bowen Story Fund was created to carry Bo’s legacy forward by helping and inspiring others to help families fighting pediatric cancer. Proceeds from the Fund support all of CURE’s patient and family support programs, including the Open Arms Meal Program and CURE’s Family Emergency Fund. Since they lived 90 miles away from Bo’s treating hospital, the Storys have a special place in their hearts for families who are receiving treatment 50 miles away or farther from their homes and provides assistance in the form of gas cards, meal cards and emergency financial assistance.