Family and friends remember 11-year-old Kurt Bourne as a caring and loving boy.
“Four-wheeler riding, walking in the woods, shooting birds, playing with mud you know,” Mother Leigh Bourne said. “Just typical boy stuff. He was the all American boy.”
Kurt was diagnosed with Grade 3- Anaplastic Astrocytoma, a rare cancerous brain tumor, when he was 10-years-old.
He passed away one year later.
“He went through all the treatments,” Leigh Bourne said. “But they couldn’t get it all. They told us in August that it was terminal. And he passed away 3 months later in November 2009.”
Each November after Kurt’s death, the Columbia School District has honored his memory and love for hunting by celebrating “Kamo for Kurt” Day.
On this day, students wear camouflage in honor of Kurt.
Kurt would have graduated with the class of 2016.
On Friday, Columbia High School presented Kurt’s family with a donation towards the Kurt Bourne Scholarship Fund.
The money was raised on “Kamo for Kurt” Day.
“We decided that we would let them wear a camouflage top and if they wanted to wear a different bottom other than a uniform bottom they could pay $2 and either wear jeans or a camouflage bottom,” Columbia High School Principal Shelia Burbridge said.
Kurt’s classmates and family said they will always remember his giving heart.
“We pretty much did everything,” Dianna Long said. “No matter what we were together. We texted all the time, no matter what we were together. We had a really close relationship.”
“He was just a good kid all the way around,” Leigh Bourne said. “He loved everybody. He loved God and his church. He actually wanted to be a minister when he grew up. He was a good Christian kid.”
This is the last year the Columbia School District will celebrate “Kamo for Kurt.”
The high school raised more than $250 and plan to do another fundraiser in the Spring.
The Kurt Bourne Scholarship will be presented on May 14 on Senior Awards day.