On July 27, 2011, he was at the library with Mom when his tummy began to hurt. Mom and Dad rushed him to the ER, where the doctors ran a CATScan. The source of the pain was a tumor pressing against Cody's stomach.
Cody's diagnosis: High Risk Neuroblastoma (Stage 4). It's a sneaky and uncommon form of childhood cancer that begins in the adrenal glands and grows along the nerve tissues. Cody had a large tumor in his abdomen and smaller tumors in his chest and neck. The tumors were squeezing his tummy and other organs giving him tummy aches. The Neurblastomoa that Cody has is called High Risk because the cancer has spread to his lymph nodes, bones and bone marrow.
Cody underwent six rounds of chemotherpy with each round lasting 5 days. Between each round, Cody went home for a couple weeks. After the second round the doctors collected Cody's stem cells to grow brand new bone marrow for him.
He has undergone treatment in Austin, Houston, and in Manhattan, NY at the world renown Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
The good news is: Cody is responding well to treatment and a large amount of cancer is gone. In New York, Cody went surgery to remove the remaining tumor and returns regularly for chemotherapy and immunotherapy. The bone marrow transplant is postponed at this time.
Cody , Mom, and Dad resided in Manhattan for several months courtesy of the wonderful Ronald McDonald House. They will return to New York from Texas often during the next few years as treatments and checkups continue.
Like his Dad, Cody loves tools and taking things apart. Cars, tractors and trucks are cool, especially trucks that are carrying stuff. Like his Mom, Cody loves animals - he has a cat named Mouse, a dog named Gus, a goldfish named Dorothy and a horse named Biscuit, that he loves to watch his Mom ride. His beloved horse, Ben, passed away shortly after Cody entered the hospital.
Cody is receiving treatment at:
Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
(Between 67th and 68th Streets)
New York, NY 10065