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Bodine “Bo” Schwerin v. Leukemia (2014)

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Organizer: Houston Law Review Board 52 Beneficiary: Bo Schwerin

Though this fundraiser is over, Bo's battle with leukemia continues. You can get further updates about Bo at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/boschwerinv.leukemia. Onwards and upwards!

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Over the last few months, Bo had not been feeling very well. He went to different doctors, but they all had trouble trying to get Bo back to good health. Not to be held back, Bo managed to finish out the spring semester and pushed through the stressful period of law school final exams.

The week after finals (towards the middle of May), Bo’s health started deteriorating, and by the end of the week, he was in the hospital awaiting blood and bone marrow tests. While waiting and on the advice of a dear friend who is a doctor, Bo and Christine made the important decision to get him checked into MD Anderson for further testing and treatment.

Bo has now been diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors at MD Anderson have already begun chemotherapy treatments on Bo. Because he is young & strong, the doctors are able to prescribe aggressive treatment, but those harsh chemo treatments mean that Bo is unable to see visitors because his immune system is taking a beating. Overall, the outlook is optimistic, but Bo has a long battle ahead of him.

On behalf of Bo’s friends at the University of Houston Law Center and on the Houston Law Review, we want to invite everyone to help Bo and Christine as they face this battle that will be difficult, exhausting, stressful, and expensive. Though Bo and Christine did not ask for this fundraiser, we have insisted. Donations will help Bo and Christine (and baby Albee) with medical bills and other expenses as they face the next semester or two when Bo will be unable to work or continue school.

As mentioned above, Bo is unable to see visitors at this time. However, please send words of encouragement to Bo and Christine. And, of course, any donation is appreciated.

We will be periodically updating this page with information about Bo and his progress. Please spread the word and send love and encouragement Bo’s way.

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07/28/2014
by Houston Law Review Board 52
** UPDATE FROM BO 7/28/2014

Dear Friends,

I have no better way of articulating through this forum our gratitude to each of you, other than stating simply, with the deepest sincerity: thank you. It was the wonderful industry of my HLR colleagues that launched this fundraiser, and thanks to your immense generosity, it has far surpassed anyone’s expectations. There are no small kindnesses; every dollar, every prayer, and every message of support has meant everything to us.

After one round of chemotherapy, I was thrilled to learn that the leukemia is in complete "deep" or "molecular" remission, meaning that currently no sign of the cancer remains. I am undergoing a second cycle of chemo, and while a stem cell transplant is still on the table, the doctors are so pleased with results to date that I was told today that they believe such a risky procedure could be avoided altogether. We’re still undecided, and things could of course change, but at the moment it’s hard to see how the treatment outcome could be better. The medical professionals at MD Anderson are among the best in the world in this field, but equally important to this whole process is the support my family and I have received from you. Things would not be this good without all of you holding us up.

Going forward, I will try to post updates here: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/boschwerinv.leukemia.

The fundraiser is wrapping up, but years from now, my family and I will still be talking about the kindness and generosity all of you have shown us over the past weeks. What a gift. We won’t forget it.

Onwards and upwards,

Bo


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06/19/2014
by Houston Law Review Board 52

**UPDATE FROM BO ON 6/19**

Dear Friends,

Words seem inadequate in circumstances like this, but I would like to try anyway to express the gratitude I and my family have for the incredible support we have received from each of you. While I am not at all surprised—I have come to know very well the character and quality of spirit of the UHLC family and the larger Houston legal community—I am still entirely overwhelmed by the extent and enthusiasm of your kindness. I have been told that the process of beating this disease will be difficult, but when I think about your generosity and encouragement, it does not feel that way at all. I can’t thank you enough not only for the financial support you have provided, but the kind words, cheers, and prayers you have offered. I think about them before I go to sleep at night, and I sleep very well.

Many, many thanks again. At the moment, I am out of the hospital, with treatment ongoing on an outpatient basis. All results so far have been highly positive. I will keep you updated on the road to recovery.

Onwards and upwards,

Bo


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