Bo Johnson was a 13 year old young boy who lived in Door County, Wisconsin. He battled a rare form of leukemia for a year before his doctors explained that there was nothing more they could do for him. The next day, he went home.
He spent his last few weeks inspiring those around him and soaking in the wonders of this world. He passed away on September 28th.
This is a tragic story – a heartbreaking and devastating story. It makes you yearn for a explanation that will never come, questioning why this happened to anyone, let alone a young boy.
But, today, in spite of it all, I’m celebrating. I’m celebrating Bo’s strength and wisdom, the bravery of his family and friends, and the depth of human kindness and compassion that compelled the community of Door County and beyond to rally behind this young boy who left all of us too soon.
I’m also celebrating the cookie community that I’m honored to be a part of, that responded with a resounding YES when asked to support this wonderful cause. Over 60 cookie bakers from around the nation (and the world!) are donating cookies to a bake sale this weekend in Door County, all proceeds going to the GO BO! Fund.
To celebrate the amazing community that lifted up Bo and his family during the most challenging time of their lives, I made cherry pie cookies.
Why cherry pie, you ask? Door County claims to have mastered the art of the perfect cherry pie and I couldn’t think of a better way to honor them.
While making these cookies, I couldn’t help but think, “I’m not doing enough. This is so insignificant. ” When faced with a tragedy like this, it is hard to recognize the impact of your actions. But, Bo knew better. He knew that every act of kindness had a tremendous affect, one that could not be measured.
Try to pay it forward today. It could change the world.