To attract young people to the Bo Foundation and its resources. To provide financial support in individual cases and instances consistent with the appropriate standards created by the Bo Foundation to ensure and further its mission. To provide financial support to other organizations with similar mission and objectives of the Bo Foundation with appropriate standards created by the Bo Foundation to ensure and further its mission. In due time, a physical Bo Center will be created to have young adults, volunteers and Bo Foundation staff come together to ensure and further its mission.
In 2008, a parent's worst nightmare happened to Susie and Anthony Falco. They received a call that their 19 year old son, Bo, had passed away. To add to the pain, confusion, anger and total shock was that his death was from his own actions. As a toxic mix of drugs, alcohol, stressful situations, and the frontal lobe of a teenage brain, a "perfect storm" as some have called it happened. Bo had taken his life.
Bo was a 2007 QHS graduate and a star hockey player. He was a kind and wonderful young man. He struggled during the last couple of years of his life, but during this time, continued to always want to do the right things. Bo had a great job at Good Health Natural Foods Store in Quincy, where they became his second family. He was always a wonderful caring brother to his older and younger siblings, and a beautiful son to his parents. He also was a fun loving uncle who adored his young nephew.
Bo had many friends. Young and old. His hockey coach actually wrote Bo a recommendation for the Marines stating that if one of his daughters brought Bo home to the family, he would be the luckiest father in the world. His teachers felt the same way, and had a special connection with him, even though Bo struggled with his grades. His employer felt the same. Bo had incredible work ethic. His boss and owner of Good Health, Ralph, once said that he never had seen anyone so young with such great habits in all his 20 years in the business.
Since the passing of their son, Susie and Anthony have sought out peace and tried to make sense of it all in various ways all being quite different from each other, yet each is and continues to be instrumental in their path to healing. They have been fortunate enough to have worked with Maureen Hancock and Anastassia Grace which helped them to learn to cope and understand about what happened and how love never truly dies. (Bo's story is in Chapter 15 of Maureen Hancock's book, The Medium Next Door). They were counseled by Intuitive Counselor Jill Sylvester. Jill was a breath of fresh air for them and much different than your "run of the mil" counselor and has also helped share her wisdom and unique methods with their other children. Another person who became involved with the Falco's is John Morello. John is no stranger to loss, as he lost two brothers. When the Falco's learned about his across the country "Dirt" performances they immediately felt a connection with the message John delivered. But best of all, they knew that Bo would approve. They had John perform at various schools in their area for the past 3 years, all with rave reviews. The Falco's have developed strong bonds with each and every one of these people and are forever grateful to them and all the others who over the years have given them their love, understanding and unwavering support during this time.
Some pretty great things have happened over the past few years. A child getting married, and two more grandchildren added to the family, with news of another on the way just to name a few. These are blessings that Susie and Anthony do not take for granted. It has taken these years for their ideas to come to fruition in order to honor Bo's memory. The best way is to help others in similar situations. Susie and Anthony have created the "Bo Foundation, Inc".
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