Kolt Codner goes the space as soon as once more, however not only for his son — it is for all children bravely preventing childhood most cancers.
AKRON, Ohio — Final October, Kolt Codner crossed the Akron Marathon end line, operating 26.2 miles round Akron Kids’s Hospital for his son, Andrew, and all different children battling pediatric most cancers.
“We took a bit of time and walked previous Andrew’s unit … it was particular,” Kolt mentioned by tears, on the time.
After we first met the Codner household, we discovered Andrew was battling Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It was a scary expertise for his mother and father, however Andrew’s spirit continued to ease their fears.
“I got here in after sedation and pondering, ‘OK, he’ll be in a tough spot,’ and he is simply smiling joyful as may very well be taking part in a sport on his iPad. He goes, ‘Hey dad, I acquired to inform you one thing.’ I’m going, ‘OK.’ He goes, ‘I really like you.’ I used to be like, ‘Yeah, honey.’ He was simply joyful as may very well be,” Kolt mentioned.
Nonetheless, 5-year-old Andrew offers with lots with appointments and procedures. Some days are simply tough.
“A few weeks in the past, he had an actual unhealthy day of simply the aches and again ache after steroids and he was beginning to lose his hair,” Andrew’s mother, Tristan, mentioned. “We began speaking about what was gonna occur. He was gonna lose his hair. And, Kolt shaved his head.”
The Codners say they have been carried by the assist of family and friends.
“Each day, after we’re going by our common routines, that textual content message of, ‘how’s every thing going,’ you recognize, ‘we’re enthusiastic about you right now, do you want something?’” Tristan mentioned in appreciation.
After which there’s the healthcare heroes. The heroes, caring for Andrew.
“We will not thank them sufficient. We stroll into the hospital at Mahoning Valley and we stroll into the hospital in Akron and it is like, you see your loved ones members,” Tristan mentioned.
Kolt says that is why, regardless of elevating practically $20,000 for Akron Kids’s Hospital final October, he’ll go the space once more this fall.
“We had donations coming in from world wide to assist assist that effort,” Kolt mentioned. “It’s going to be my first actual in-person race. So, that’ll be a enjoyable, enjoyable expertise.”
Crossing the end line this 12 months, will really feel much more particular.
“Oh, it may be superior. By that time, he ought to be in class and he’ll be in kindergarten,” Kolt mentioned. “Hopefully, he is all performed with therapy and we’re up there ringing the bell and celebrating the top.”
Andrew is courageous, he is sort and he loves the Avengers. He is such an excellent child that even Thor actor, Chris Hemsworth, took discover. In a video, only for Andrew, this is what the film star mentioned:
“Hey there, Andrew. Simply need to say, ‘Hey, mate.’ Hear you are a Marvel fan, that is incredible. Thanks for that. However, I need to say from myself and all of the Avengers buddy, you might be an absolute inspiration.”
As of late, Andrew is doing properly. He is persevering with therapy and his mother and father could not be prouder of their boy.
“It is simply wonderful to see his bravery in all circumstances,” Tristan mentioned. “We’re simply extremely happy with how far he is come and the way far we have come as a household.”
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Editor’s be aware: Video above is from Oct. 16, 2020.