Bo Kindree was almost 11 months old when he was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), which is a rare and aggressive type of blood cancer. While living at BC Children’s Hospital for five months, Bo endured four rounds of very intense chemotherapy. BC Children’s became Bo’s second home. He learned to walk in the eighth floor playroom on his first birthday despite being isolated to his room for over a month. There was hope.
But with several relapses, the additional chemotherapy, radiation and a cord blood transplant Bo received weren’t enough, and he transitioned to palliative care. Bo passed away in his mom’s arms alongside his dad on November 21, 2019 at the hospital.
To honour Bo, his family is raising funds to support childhood AML research at BC Children’s Hospital. Through this tribute fundraiser, Bo’s determined spirit lives on. “His spirit put up a truly remarkable fight to give us every extra minute with him that his body would allow,” Bo’s parents said. “We will miss him deeply every day, and will always be inspired by his strength and bright light.”
“Childhood cancer forced us into an immensely difficult and complicated journey. We have been supported by BC Children’s along the way. Now, we would like to be able to further their AML research in hopes that other children may have a better prognosis.”