"Your Gifts May Be the Reason My Son Conquered Cancer."




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Bo Meagher, Scottsburg, Ind.

The day we learned that my son Bo had leukemia was the scariest day of my life. To hear your child's name and cancer in the same sentence is simply terrifying.

My husband Brad and I had two days to get everything squared away for our two other children, and get ready to change our life for the next six months. It was very hard, but I felt confident that Riley Hospital for Children would take good care of him, and that our pediatric oncologist, Dr.

Susanne Ragg had a plan. The Riley team used the latest genetic research on Bo’s specific type of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), to come up with on a precise, personalized treatment plan.

We were very familiar with Riley because we spent eight weeks in the Riley NICU after Bo was born with Down syndrome. That time was a rollercoaster, but all the nurses were so kind to us. Everybody who entered our room was amazing. It was an easy decision to bring Bo back to Riley once we learned he had leukemia. I just knew in my heart that Riley was where he needed to be.

Throughout Bo’s cancer treatment, there were so many times when I wanted to say, “Why? Why did this happen to my child?” And Bo would just keep smiling at me as if he were telling me, “It’s going to be okay.” He has been amazing.

Bo never stopped smiling through this entire thing. That kept me going. 

After Bo completed his treatment in July, and he got to ring the bell in the hematology/oncology clinic to celebrate.

If I could say one thing to donors who support Riley it would be: THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS. Your gifts may be the reason my son conquered cancer.

The money you give helps save lives of children just like Bo. It helps Riley take great care of sick kids, and helps Riley’s researchers keep looking for even better treatments and cures.

We want to see more kids ringing the bell and having success like Bo did. Your gifts are a huge way to make a difference. 


Kim Meagher

Kim and her husband Brad are the parents of three children, Jaylyn, Madi, and Bo, who has been a Riley patient since birth. Kim works as a nurse, and her family enjoys giving back to Riley by sharing their story and participating in Riley events. In addition to follow-up care from the Riley Hematology/Oncology team, Bo continues to be seen by Riley Developmental Pediatrics and the Down syndrome specialist at the Riley Outpatient Center.


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