Bodyn Schumacher, 4, Manville


Bodyn was diagnosed April 14, 2017, just 2 weeks shy of his 4th birthday with Acute High Risk Lymphblastic Leukemia. What brought us into the hospital was a routine checkup the day before to receive vaccines and have a few lumps in his groin checked on. The pediatrician had taken blood work to check for anemia and low iron deficiency because he was so pale, and the lumps were swollen lympnodes. The blood work came back alarming with a very high white blood count, where we were sent immediately to Robert Wood Johnson Children’s Hospital in New Brunswick.

Bo’s first day included a bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap with chemo injection, blood and platelets given and chemo through the IV. We spent 5 weeks in the hospital during the “induction” round of chemo. A bone marrow biopsy was done during week 4 and shown him to be in remission. Although that is fantastic news, we still have more chemotherapy rounds as this will be a 3 year treatment. Regardless of everything that has happened since the day of diagnosis, Bodyn has been a happy brave little boy. With two older brothers Connor and Aiden, he has no problem keeping up with them!

How can I help the Schumacher Family? 

  • Join #TeamBo by liking Bodyn The Brave on Facebook at
  • Gift cards of any kind! Mail To:  Bodyn The Brave PO Box 832 Manville, NJ 08835
    • Groceries are in high demand since he eats a lot more from stimulants given daily! Near by stores for that is Weis, Shoprite, Walmart.
    • We are stocking up on cleaning supplies and disinfectants, you name it to keep our home above and beyond the usual due to Bodyn having a very low to no immune system.
    • Straight Talk Wireless $45 phone cards - available at Walmart (our cellphones are prepaid)
    • Gas cards have been helpful for the many trips back and forth too.
    • Click here for our Amazon Wish List
    • And as always, just a greeting card makes us happy! If you have any other ideas or questions, feel free to ask!
  • Click here to make a tax deductible donation to Steps Together.   Steps Together is a Hillsborough based 501(c)(3) organization that assists families in our community facing a medical crisis.   Steps Together assists all the families we detail.