Thursday, April 21, 2011

Cody's Story

Age 4

The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center


In the words of 4-year-old Cody’s mom, “He’s a hugger, not a fighter.” While it’s true the cheerful boy—known as the “Unofficial Greeter” of his hospital ward—has hugs for everyone he meets, Cody has definitely proven to be a fighter with everything he’s battled.

Cody was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at just 10 months old. He won his first battle after six months of treatment when he went into remission. His fight wasn’t over; The cancer returned two months later with multiple brain and spine tumors. His chances of beating cancer were so low his doctors wouldn’t give a chance of survival rate to his parents. Instead, they said to prepare for his funeral.

But Cody kept fighting. After receiving a bone marrow transplant he lived in quarantine for an entire year, never leaving the house and seeing only his mom, dad and aunt. Cody emerged happy as always and will remain a sociable “hugger” no matter the fight. Though it once seemed impossible, Cody is now in remission.

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