The GO BO Foundation honors the memory of Bo Johnson of Sister Bay in Door County who was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia at the age of 12. He has battled this disease for a year, and lost on Sept. 28, 2012. Prior to his illness, Bo was a normal active boy, enjoying life with family and friends. The illness that took his life could NOT stifle his spirit or courage. Facing the most serious medical condition, Bo chose to show people what it means to “live life to the fullest and enjoy every day.” He reminded all what true courage means, and showed how one boy can inspire a multitude with nothing more than a smile and a dream to help others.
The Go Bo Foundation brings hope to children with life-threatening medical conditions by funding research, supporting treatment, and helping their families during times of financial need. “Paying it Forward” was Bo’s dream and the GO BO Foundation does that by funding the cutting-edge research for cancer and related blood disorders by supporting the MACC Fund, by supporting state-of-the-art treatment in a child friendly environment provided by doctors like David Margolis in the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and by assisting the families of Door County children through the GO BO Family Assistance Program.
On Feb. 11, Bo’s mom, Annika Johnson and uncle Rolf Johnson, were joined by members of the GO BO Foundation board to present a $10,000 from the GO BO Foundation to the MACC Fund at the MACC Fund Center at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. In the back row, left to right are Beth Dolan of the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Foundation and board members Lynn Zawojski, Sandy Friedenfels, Chandra Johnson, Kerry Merle and Kathy Surges. MACC Fund Chief Operating Officer Becky Pinter and Executive Director John Cary fill out the row. Rolf Johnson and Annika Johnson are holding the check. Bo is shown in a picture with a friend, Mitch Arnold, and his dad John. Mitch was treated at Children’s Hospital along with Bo. Mitch completed his treatment in January and is doing well. Members Freddie Bexell, Amie Wake and Alison Fletcher are not pictured.
Bo’s spirit is alive and well and his legacy lives on through the GO BO Foundation. Thanks to his family and friends, the Foundation and all who support it who were part of this great gift.
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