Robert “BO” Jones

The Miracle
Former Pace University student, Robert “BO” Jones

Robert “Bo” Jones ’19 was just 10-years-old when he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type ofbrain cancer.

“First they said I only have six months to live and then after six months, they kept saying three months, three months, two months,” recalls Jones. “But I just kept going.”

He underwent surgery to remove the tumors, followed by radiation and chemotherapy. After surgery, Jones developed what’s called posteria fossa syndrome, a postoperative syndrome that includes problems with speech and language, motor skills, and mood changes. 

“For me, it was where I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t do most things to take care of myself,” he says.

But Jones was determined to regain his strength. With support from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which has granted nearly 450,000 wishes for sick children around the world, he made his wish for a personal trainer and gym membership. Through the wish, Jones received personal training lessons from Pace’s strength and conditioner coordinator and alumnus Mike Bohlander '03, '09, along with a free membership to the University’s gym facilities.

“While I was there, I found out that the Pace campus in Pleasantville actually has a great School of Education, where I can work on my dreams and become what I wanted to be when I grow up,” he says.

That dream—a teacher. Specifically, Jones is looking to fill a need in hospitals, where kids who are stuck in hospital beds like he once was are receiving the physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language treatment they need to get better, but are missing the critical education in math, science, English, history, etc.

“I went through a lot of obstacles in education and regaining my abilities,” he says. “I want to help fellow students overcome their obstacles in education and with their disabilities.”

Currently, Jones is taking what he’s learning in the classroom and applying it to his own classroom as a student teacher at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Stronger than ever, he says he’s defied what doctors and teachers said about him, and is 12+ years “cancer-free” and ready to take on the world.

“It feels awesome. It feels great. Because of Pace, I feel prepared to fulfill my dreams. I feel good about the cancer and I feel good about the future,” he says.

Hear Jones talk about his experience in the “I Am the Northeast 10” video.

Former Pace University student, Robert “BO” Jones

Robert “Bo” Jones ’19 was just 10-years-old when he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type ofbrain cancer.

“First they said I only have six months to live and then after six months, they kept saying three months, three months, two months,” recalls Jones. “But I just kept going.”

He underwent surgery to remove the tumors, followed by radiation and chemotherapy. After surgery, Jones developed what’s called posteria fossa syndrome, a postoperative syndrome that includes problems with speech and language, motor skills, and mood changes. 

“For me, it was where I couldn’t talk, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t do most things to take care of myself,” he says.

But Jones was determined to regain his strength. With support from the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which has granted nearly 450,000 wishes for sick children around the world, he made his wish for a personal trainer and gym membership. Through the wish, Jones received personal training lessons from Pace’s strength and conditioner coordinator and alumnus Mike Bohlander '03, '09, along with a free membership to the University’s gym facilities.

“While I was there, I found out that the Pace campus in Pleasantville actually has a great School of Education, where I can work on my dreams and become what I wanted to be when I grow up,” he says.

That dream—a teacher. Specifically, Jones is looking to fill a need in hospitals, where kids who are stuck in hospital beds like he once was are receiving the physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language treatment they need to get better, but are missing the critical education in math, science, English, history, etc.

“I went through a lot of obstacles in education and regaining my abilities,” he says. “I want to help fellow students overcome their obstacles in education and with their disabilities.”

Currently, Jones is taking what he’s learning in the classroom and applying it to his own classroom as a student teacher at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. Stronger than ever, he says he’s defied what doctors and teachers said about him, and is 12+ years “cancer-free” and ready to take on the world.

“It feels awesome. It feels great. Because of Pace, I feel prepared to fulfill my dreams. I feel good about the cancer and I feel good about the future,” he says.

Hear Jones talk about his experience in the “I Am the Northeast 10” video.