Bo's Rally Against Cancer

$10,150 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 85 people in 22 months
Tiffany Michelle Smith
on behalf of Bo Hastings
 DALLAS, TX
If you’ve had the fortune of meeting Bo, you’re likely here because you know he’s one of the kindest people out there. Many people know him as the guy with “a twinkle in his eye” that would “give a stranger the shirt off his back.” These statements could not be more true, and today, he needs your help.



Background

In 2002, Bo was diagnosed with liver disease brought on by a rare form of hepatitis. He spent the next year going through a sadly unsuccessful and grueling round of Interferon treatment before eventually being diagnosed with liver failure and cirrhosis in 2005.  He spent the majority of the next 8 years fighting this illness while waiting on the transplant list in Texas to no avail (all while, true to his steady and reliable nature, getting up and going to work everyday like clockwork at 5am).

Sadly, in the state of Texas, few people on the transplant list ever receive the healthy livers they so desperately need.

In late 2011, at the encouragement of many qualified and caring practitioners and with the support of loving friends and family, Bo packed up and temporarily relocated to Indiana where his chances of getting a liver were slight better. In February of 2012, he was diagnosed with liver cancer, which pumped him up to the top of the list, and within days he was blessed wth a healthy liver.



Since then, Bo has been able to return to many of his favorite pastimes. Most enthusiastically, he has returned to the road with his beloved ’78 Shovelhead for many long rides alongside my mom, his brother Jim and many other beloved friends in the Dallas biker scene.



Until now. Stage IV Cancer...

In January of 2017, doctors found a large tumor protruding from Bo’s liver into his heart. After many tests, they discovered that he has stage IV cancer in both his lungs and his liver. Unfortunately, they have rendered his tumor inoperable due to it’s location.

But there's treatment.

Bo is now preparing to fight the good fight. In March of 2017, Bo will begin chemo and radiation treatment at MD Anderson in Houston. Despite being well insured, the treatment is still going to cost several thousand dollars out-of-pocket. There will also be a significant financial burden associated with travel and lodging to the treatment center in Houston, as well as the debt that he and my mom will accrue due to his loss of income while undergoing treatment.

Without this treatment, doctors do not predict that Bo will make it very long.

Can you help?

First, thank you for reading this far. And second, if you can contribute to Bo’s medical fund we will be beyond eternally grateful. We are hoping to reach our goal of $25K by May of 2017 to offset the expenses of his treatment. Your donation will contribute to the out-of-pocket expense of Bo’s medical bills, as well as all of the other costs associated with his loss of income. We will also graciously accept any thoughts and prayers you can send our way!

Thank you all so much.
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Update 4
Posted by Tiffany Michelle Smith
18 months ago
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Hi Everyone,

It's been a minute since the last update so I wanted to share the latest news about Bo and his treatment.

Bo just finished his first round of chemo and radiation targeted at his lungs. The doctors say he is doing remarkably well, but unfortunately they've deemed that the cancer in his lungs is terminal as well. His treatment will now be aimed at stabilizing both cancers. Next he will do another 5 weeks of chemo, followed by 6 weeks of radiation, and a few weeks of both at the same time for his lungs again. Then they'll resume treatment on on his liver. In the meantime, Bo has lost income due to all the work he's had to miss.

Thank you all so much for your continued thoughts, prayers, and donations. Bo and my mom are beyond grateful. Please share this update on your networks as we've still got a long way to go on our fundraising goal to support Bo on this journey. ❤ #cancersucks
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Update 3
Posted by Tiffany Michelle Smith
20 months ago
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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to share an update with you all about Bo's progress with treatment. We have some good news and some bad news. First, let's get the bad news out of the way: the cancer in Bo's lungs has spread so he has to begin another round of chemo to fight it, followed by more radiation.

On to the good news: the radiation was successful in shrinking the massive tumor in Bo's liver and it is no longer protruding into his heart which is great! Also, I'm attaching a photo of Bo from this past weekend so you can see how great he still looks despite being so sick. As my Mom said, "He looks pretty damn good for a sick guy!"

I want to thank you all so much for your continued love and support. We've still got a long way to go and there are no words to express how far your thoughts, prayers and donations have already gone in getting us through this. Love you all!
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Update 2
Posted by Tiffany Michelle Smith
22 months ago
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Hi Everyone,

Today Bo starts 2-weeks of radiation treatment at MD Anderson. He went in a few weeks ago to get the ports installed for his treatment (see the pic). The docs are hoping that radiation will stabilize the tumor in his liver and take some pressure off of his heart.

Thank you all so much for your continued thoughts, prayers, and donations. Bo and my mom are beyond grateful. Please share this update on your networks as we've still got a long way to go on our fundraising goal. ❤ #cancersucks
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Update 1
Posted by Tiffany Michelle Smith
22 months ago
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Happy Friday Everyone!

Just wanted to send a quick update and let you all know that Bo went back to MD Anderson this week and they're planning on getting him ready for radiation this upcoming Wednesday. He will begin radiation shortly after that which will require him to stay in Houston for 2 weeks.

This round of radiation will be aimed at shrinking the tumor in his liver enough to get it off of his heart. They believe this tumor may be causing a blood clot in his portal vein so it's vital they stabilize it.

It's hard to stress enough how much your thoughts, prayers, donations and continued support mean during this time! From the bottom of my heart, thank you thank you thank you!!! Please continue to share these updates on your networks as we've still got a long way to go. ❤ #cancersucks
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Wanda Stanglin
22 months ago
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Bo is a sweet gentle soul. He is my sisters brother-in-law, Cindy Hastings. Please lets all keep him in our thoughts and prayers. God is bigger than anything.

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Missy Read
22 months ago
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Bo is one of the kindest people. I am the niece to his brother Jim but Bo always treated me like his own niece. I love you uncle Bo and I'm praying for you and I know God has this.

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Jane Pierce Smith
22 months ago
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When I first met Bo 28 years ago - I thought he was the nicest guy I ever met. He seemed to radiate goodness. My parents , family, and friends loved him as well. I had a friend describe him once as a Man's Man. I didn't know what that meant at the time. It's that he's honorable , respectful, and good for his word. Here it is all these years later and we have had our share of ups and downs but I can honestly say that all those things still stand to be true.

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Jeannie Rae
16 months ago

After all these years I had an overwhelming urge to Google your name. My heart hurts for all you're going thru. Many prayers being sent your way. With healing light and love, Jean

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Jimi Franklin
18 months ago

Prayers to Bo. You may not remember me...I knew you from Dr. Balls & Mother Blues. I am a girl named Jimi, had long blonde hair about the same length as yours back then. You have crossed my mind more than once in the past ?? years! I will pray for your health and if you remember me, maybe it will bring a smile to you!

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$10,150 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 85 people in 22 months
Created March 5, 2017
Tiffany Michelle Smith
on behalf of Bo Hastings
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Eric Pierce
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Kent Bishop
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Andrea Yager
18 months ago
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We love you Bo! We are praying for you!

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cathy maberry
18 months ago
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Blessings, healing, and peace, to you Bo!!! Wishing you all the best!

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19 months ago
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Kim Hoegger
20 months ago
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Hi Jane, please tell Bo he is in my prayers . We always loved seeing you both at the dental office.

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Patricia Buchel
20 months ago
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No and Jane, Lots of fresh prayers going out for Bo's great progress! I love the updates! Keep up the excellent work and the awesome fight to this "c" word of a disease!! May God continue to bless you and be with yall!!! Love ya!!!

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Jeffrey Flemons
20 months ago
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Anonymous
20 months ago
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Wanda Stanglin
22 months ago
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Bo is a sweet gentle soul. He is my sisters brother-in-law, Cindy Hastings. Please lets all keep him in our thoughts and prayers. God is bigger than anything.

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Missy Read
22 months ago
6
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Bo is one of the kindest people. I am the niece to his brother Jim but Bo always treated me like his own niece. I love you uncle Bo and I'm praying for you and I know God has this.

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Jane Pierce Smith
22 months ago
3
3

When I first met Bo 28 years ago - I thought he was the nicest guy I ever met. He seemed to radiate goodness. My parents , family, and friends loved him as well. I had a friend describe him once as a Man's Man. I didn't know what that meant at the time. It's that he's honorable , respectful, and good for his word. Here it is all these years later and we have had our share of ups and downs but I can honestly say that all those things still stand to be true.

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Jeannie Rae
16 months ago

After all these years I had an overwhelming urge to Google your name. My heart hurts for all you're going thru. Many prayers being sent your way. With healing light and love, Jean

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Jimi Franklin
18 months ago

Prayers to Bo. You may not remember me...I knew you from Dr. Balls & Mother Blues. I am a girl named Jimi, had long blonde hair about the same length as yours back then. You have crossed my mind more than once in the past ?? years! I will pray for your health and if you remember me, maybe it will bring a smile to you!

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