CHS senior Jade Bowen passes away



Jade Bowen was diagnosed with leukemia last June. The Journal had chronicled her fight in its “Recovery Road” series.

Ronnie Estoque and Amanda Nguyen

Senior Jade Bowen passed away March 12, at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Bowen was diagnosed with cancer last June and had undergone several procedures. While she was cancer free at the time of her death, complications from her treatments led to a decline in her health. Bowen was 18.

“I have peace in my heart to know that Jade fought hard all the way ‘til the end with a never-give-up attitude,” her father, Eddie Bowen, said.

Jade was surrounded by her friends and family at the time of her death. Jade’s mother, Kari Childs, recalled a small smile on Jade’s face in her final moments.

Jade was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in June. She persevered through the pain of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.  Because of her weakened immune system, she was unable to attend school and remained at Children’s Hospital throughout her illness. Nevertheless, Jade continued to receive immense support from her peers at Cleveland as she worked to keep up with her schoolwork.

On Nov. 12, 2015, Jade underwent a bone marrow transplant. The operation was successful, and Jade was officially deemed cancer-free. But shortly after, she fell ill. The preparation for her transplant was hard on Jade’s system and the treatment resulted in acute kidney failure. Her health continued to decline as she suffered the effects of Graft-Versus-Host Disease, a condition that occurs when donor bone marrow or stem cells attack the recipient. Jade would be in and out of the Intensive Care Unit several times over the past two months.

Eventually, a blood clot formed on her liver, ultimately leading to organ failure. She was placed in a medically induced coma when doctors determined there was no more available treatment.

Jade attended Dearborn Elementary School and South Shore K-8 before starting at Cleveland for high school. At CHS, Jade had been a member of the cheer team since her freshman year and remained active until her diagnosis. Jade was also active in her church, Integrity Life in Federal Way.

Jade was well liked because of her positive attitude and dedication to her studies and extracurricular activities.

Jade is survived by her mother and father; five brothers, Eddie Bowen Jr., Shiloh Bowen, Xavier Bowen, Sye Bowen and Isaiah Wangler; and a sister, Teiana Logan.

A public viewing will be held Friday, March 25, at 2 p.m. at Southwest Mortuary. A remembrance of Jade’s life will be held March 26, at 1 p.m. at Integrity Life Church.
Jade’s family is currently raising money to defray the funeral costs. Donations can be made at