Fight for Bo: CSP-Sacramento unites to help officer’s family

The Condon family spent Christmas in the hospital. Correctional Officer Danny Condon is pictured holding daughter Baylee, 10 months, behind his wife, Crystal, and daughters Ava and Mya.

By Krissi Khokhobashvili, CDCR PIO, OPEC
Photos courtesy Correctional Officer Danny Condon

When Danny and Crystal Condon’s 6-month-old daughter was under the weather, they took her to the doctor expecting to receive medicine and orders to rest, not a diagnosis that would change every aspect of the young family’s lives.

“She’s just a little baby,” says Baylee “Bo” Condon’s dad, Correctional Officer Danny Condon. The disbelief is still apparent in his voice four months after the diagnosis, although by now the family members have become pros at the “cancer life” – hospital stays, chemotherapy, endless medications, transfusions, surgeries and constant uncertainty.

“This whole situation going forward is so unpredictable,” Condon said. Baylee, now 10 months old, is fighting a rare and aggressive form of leukemia. And while childhood leukemia has a high remission rate, Condon pointed out those successes are for children age 2 to 10. In Baylee’s case, he said, “There are no guarantees.”

At just 10 months old, Baylee “Bo” Condon is battling a rare form of cancer.

Crystal and Danny Condon received Baylee’s diagnosis in December 2016. The next six weeks were a blur of treatment, with Baylee enduring poking, prodding, bone marrow extractions and 35 straight days of chemotherapy.

“The hospital has definitely become a second home for us,” Condon said. “My wife didn’t come home once during that whole stretch – not even for a nap.”

Condon, who works at California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC), was able to take time off work under the Family and Medical Leave Act, enabling him to be there for Crystal and Baylee as well as Baylee’s sisters, Ava, 7, and Mya, 10. But that time only goes so far, and at only two years in with CDCR, he didn’t have enough leave time built up to account for the many hours needed.

Although he said his pride made it difficult to accept help at first, Condon quickly learned an important lesson about CDCR and the family that forms when people work together in law enforcement: People want to help.

Co-workers began offering to provide meals and other support for the family, and when they realized the Condons were going to spend Christmas in the hospital, they organized a toy drive to make sure Baylee, Ava and Mya received plenty of presents – so many, in fact, that the Condons paid it forward by donating many of those toys to children who needed them more.

SAC also quickly organized a catastrophic time bank, for which employees can donate their own leave time to a co-worker in need. Staff from prisons around the Sacramento area, including California Medical Facility and California State Prison-Solano, joined the cause to assist the Condons financially and through the time bank. Those hours, Condon noted, are priceless.

“This allowed me to be at the hospital, to be there for my older two daughters – I can’t even describe how much of a positive impact this has had for us,” he said. “Those hours are really appreciated, because I realize that it’s taking away time from people’s personal lives and their vacation time with their families. That was really, really cool. Obviously I could never pay back all those hours for them individually, but hopefully I’ll be in a position someday to pay it forward.”

A few months ago, Condon decided to have some silicone wristbands made for the family, brightly colored orange to raise awareness for childhood leukemia and stamped with the words “Fight With Bo” and “Bo Strong.” He gave a few of the bands to Correctional Officers C. Chavez and M. Sanchez, his partners at SAC, not realizing his friends would take the gesture to the next level. They rallied to have even more wristbands made, and began a fundraiser to help the Condons with the vast expenses associated with fighting cancer. Each $5 wristband helps the family with medical expenses not covered by insurance, in addition to travel, food and childcare.

Correctional Officer Danny Condon is able to spend quality time with his daughter Baylee thanks in large part to time donations from his CDCR co-workers.

“Donations for the wristbands are being accepted to assist the Condon family with their ensuing medical costs, and to show our Team SAC support,” the officers said in a joint statement. “One-hundred percent of the donations collected will go to the Condon family to assist with their fight against cancer.”

Lt. L.A. Quinn, Administrative Assistant/Public Information Officer at SAC, pointed out that while such generosity may seem extraordinary, it’s far from the first time SAC and CDCR employees have banded together to help a team member in need.

“Most people who work in law enforcement have a natural tendency to want to help others,” he said. “This desire is fueled when the person in need is a fellow co-worker. I am always proud of how the team pulls together to help those in need, not just within the SAC family but the general public as a whole. We wish nothing but health and happiness for the Condon family and I am proud of the team for pulling together and once again doing what SAC always does and that is support one another on and off the job in any way possible.”

As Baylee Bo and her family continue the fight, Danny and Crystal Condon are continually floored by the support they have received from family, friends and their CDCR family.

“We can’t express how thankful we are,” Officer Condon said. “I knew I worked for a large agency, but I didn’t realize the magnitude – the amount of people who would be involved or want to get involved, I really didn’t.

“As bad as it is and as challenging as it is, it could be far worse if our support group wasn’t as large as it is.”

HOW TO HELP: To purchase a “Bo Strong” wristband in support of the Condon family and Baylee’s fight against cancer, call Lt. L. A. Quinn at (916) 294-3012 or email levance.quinn@cdcr.ca.gov. A GoFundMe account has also been set up in support of Baylee at https://www.gofundme.com/fight-with-bo-bostrong.

“Fight With Bo” and “Bo Strong” wristbands are being sold as a fundraiser to support the Condon family.

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20 Responses

  1. Laura Vasquez Wednesday, April 26, 2017 / 1:09 am

    Praying for your Baylee Officer Condon. She is so precious. Thank you for sharing your story. God Bless.
    Mrs. V

  2. Robin Kamara Tuesday, April 25, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    God’s blessinigs and strength for little Baylee and the Condon family. Pray and trust in the Lord, He will see you through now and forever.

  3. tracy ocker Saturday, April 22, 2017 / 4:16 pm

    Can I and others get tested to be marrow donors for your child’s fight against cancer?

  4. Robin Bowers Friday, April 21, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    As a 14 year Leukemia Cancer Survivor I can tell you there is a Light at the end of this dark tunnel. My children were 3, 4, and 7 when I was diagnosed with what I was afraid was a death sentence. I have lived to watch my children grow into amazing people, I have watched them graduate from High School, and I am a Grandma, twice!! Stay Strong, Pray Hard and Often and count your blessings everyday. Though God and his Grace I was saved and I know Bo and your family will be too. Send my prayers your way.

  5. FERNIE Friday, April 21, 2017 / 7:19 am

    Prayers for Little Baylee, God bless your beautiful family Mr. Condon.

  6. Krystal Davis Thursday, April 20, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    Thank You for the opportunity to invest in your child’s life. I am proud of all the givers who have either donated time, money, food, etc. This gives us another chance to “band” together to make a difference in the lives of others and support our CDCR family. Some people say, “You only have one family”, but with CDCR we have two. I definitely would not have it any other way.

  7. G. Gomez Thursday, April 20, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    I pray for great health and happiness for precious little Baylee and the Condon family. Thank you for posting this story, so that more people can be aware and help in anyway they can. I will try to help.

  8. T.M. Thursday, April 20, 2017 / 10:57 am

    What a sweet and beautiful baby! I wish you all the best and will try to help out.

  9. Dennis Farez Thursday, April 20, 2017 / 10:48 am

    Beautiful family. Just donated on your gofund. Much love to you guys.

  10. Lexie Plate Thursday, April 20, 2017 / 10:09 am

    IN!

  11. CCII Supervisor C. Vargas Thursday, April 20, 2017 / 8:43 am

    I will take 10 Please….for myself and my staff at San Quentin.
    God Bless this family and I pray a constant hedge of protection around them until this battle is won.

  12. Victoria Thursday, April 20, 2017 / 8:41 am

    My prayers are with your little Angel and your family. God Bless Little Baylee

  13. C. Bailey Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    I pray for great health and happiness for this man and his family. God Bless Little Baylee.

  14. C/O T. Barrow Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    Stay strong for your family Danny. CDCR and the CSP-SAC family’s got your back brother. I’m just down the road from you. Let me know if there’s anything me or my family can do to help.

  15. M. Ramirez Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 12:58 pm

    two please !!!

  16. V Temple Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 8:59 am

    We are CDCR family and I would like to support the fight for Bailey “Bo”. I would like to purchase four wristbands. Please let me know what I need to do to purchase them. Thank you and may God bless the Condon family and little baby Bo.

    • andrew M OA (G) Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 3:35 pm

      email LT. L.A. quinn at levance.quinn@cdcr.ca.gov or call him at 916-294-3012 on how to order them

      thank you

  17. KB Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 8:53 am

    What a precious little one. Thank you for posting this story so more of us can help support this suffering family with financial help and prayer.

  18. Kathleen Hargis Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 8:46 am

    I want one

  19. LETTY Wednesday, April 19, 2017 / 8:28 am

    I want one!

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