The Good Stuff: 20,000 hours of love

Former patient approaches 20,000 volunteer hours at Shriners Hospital for Children

The Good Stuff: 20,000 hours of love

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Bo Boyd keeps a very busy schedule — even though he doesn’t have a full-time job.

“Hey, Bo,” is the greeting repeated over and over again in the halls of Shriners Hospital for Children, as Bo makes his volunteer rounds through the facility.

Bo, 48, spends his days at Shriners delivering important documents, packages, and books to various departments.

“I love the people over there, for one thing,” a smiling Bo explains when asked why he has spent so much time at Shriners over the last couple of decades.

“I look forward to going to Shriners as much as I can,” Bo says.

Apparently, someone at Shriners has been keeping count of all the hours he’s volunteered there. Bo is approaching 20,000 volunteer hours and is expected to hit that mark sometime in the spring.

Susie Dunn with her adoptive son Bo Boyd, standing next to a photograph of Bo's biological father Charles Boyd
Susie Dunn with her adoptive son Bo Boyd, standing next to a photograph of Bo's biological father Charles Boyd

“He’s an inspiration to us all,” says Shriners' supply chain coordinator Jackie Williams.

“It’s apparent he doesn’t give up. He’s always positive," Jackie continues.

If the massive accumulating number of volunteer hours didn’t seem impressive enough, Bo began coming to Shriners long before he could spell volunteering.

“I had 17 surgeries,” explains Bo, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at birth.

As a child, Bo (pictured here with his father Charles) had 17 surgeries. (Credit: Family members)
As a child, Bo (pictured here with his father Charles) had 17 surgeries. (Credit: Family members)

“I’m a real proud mom,” says Bo’s mother, Susie Dunn, who was married to Bo’s father, Charles Boyd, for 7 years before he died of cancer in 2008.

Charles Boyd’s medical legacy spans over 40 years in the Shreveport area. He was once the administrator and CEO of the former Doctor’s Hospital.

And in his later years, he became a board of directors member at Shriners.

“My dad and my grandfather were Shriners,” remembers Bo.

After Charles' death, Susie adopted Bo.

Susie has since married Buddy Dunn, who also adopted Bo.

“If something happens to her, I still plan on taking care of Bo," Buddy said.

Susie has a simple explanation for how Shriners' top volunteer is a former patient with cerebral palsy, and how she ended up being his mother after all of these years.

“Sometimes I wonder how that happened. Its just the way God planned it.”

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