The Bowie ISD community is in mourning as one of their own was laid to rest earlier Friday.
Unfortunately, Bowie ISD is no stranger to loss as Austin Cox’s death is the fourth one they’ve had since May of last year. It was almost a month to the day when we first brought you Austin’s story of his battle with childhood leukemia, and one thing is for certain, Austin touched so many lives.
After an eight-month battle with childhood leukemia, Bowie freshmen Austin Cox’s friends, family, and the Bowie ISD community got the news that nobody wants to hear.
“It’s difficult you always have that hope that one of the medicines is going to do something that there’s going to be a positivity but you’re never really ready to hear that,” Bowie High School principal Blake Enlow said. “And you get a text message or a phone call he’s no longer with us it’s hard.”
One of Austin’s coaches, Jaimie Hickey said the 15-year-old was like an older brother to his classmates.
“He just brought such light field to wherever he was and was definitely just a kid everybody wanted to be around. You know he was a cheerleader for his teammates, you wanted him in your corner,” Hickey said.
Enlow said he believes Austin’s passing is proof that you can never take life for granted.
“It makes you always hug your own kids. Hug the kids that we have in here every day and that’s just one of the things we tell everybody. Love each other, take care of each other you don’t know how long we have,” Enlow said.
Austin will be missed, but the legacy he leaves behind and the impact he made on others will live on in many ways, including in a scholarship fund in his memory.
Contact Sanger Bank for all information on the scholarship fund.