Bohde David Henley
June 8, 2010 to October 3, 2014
On the morning of October 4, 2014, I received the news that Bohde had passed. I was, and continue to be, deeply saddened. I immediately thought of his tiny voice when he answered his mom’s cell phone when I called in July to organize Bohde’s Day of Greatness. I thought of his tiny hand as he took mine to help him climb out of the bounce house during his Day of Greatness. And I thought of the great amount of courage he had for such a little boy. The smile he had and the ability to have fun despite the struggles he was facing.
The term “surviving” is often used when talking about cancer. In my own life and through my own experience with cancer I have learned that surviving has more to do than with only living or dying. It has to do with whether you let it change who you are or if you allow it to take away your ability to love, smile and to hold onto hope and faith. Bohde was a survivor and it was evident to me and everyone who met him during his Day of Greatness. Bohde wore a shirt with “Stronger than Cancer” written on the front. There is no doubt about it. He was stronger than cancer. He was stronger than cancer ever will be. Though he may no longer be with us in the physical sense, his spirit will be with us forever.
Please keep Bohde’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
Bill Porter & The NCB Team