Kolt Codner goes the gap 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 Youngsters’s Hospital for his son, Andrew, and all different children battling pediatric most cancers.
“We took slightly time and walked previous Andrew’s unit … it was particular,” Kolt mentioned by way of tears, on the time.
After we first met the Codner household, we realized Andrew was battling Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It was a scary expertise for his dad and mom, however Andrew’s spirit continued to ease their fears.
“I got here in after sedation and pondering, ‘OK, he will be in a tough spot,’ and he is simply smiling completely happy as may very well be enjoying a sport on his iPad. He goes, ‘Hey dad, I bought to let you know one thing.’ I am going, ‘OK.’ He goes, ‘I really like you.’ I used to be like, ‘Yeah, honey.’ He was simply completely happy as may very well be,” Kolt mentioned.
Nonetheless, 5-year-old Andrew offers with rather a lot with appointments and procedures. Some days are simply tough.
“A few weeks in the past, he had an actual dangerous 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 way of our common routines, that textual content message of, ‘how’s the whole lot going,’ you understand, ‘we’re eager about you as we speak, 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 Youngsters’s Hospital final October, he will go the gap once more this fall.
“We had donations coming in from world wide to assist assist that effort,” Kolt mentioned. “It will 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 must be in class and he’ll be in kindergarten,” Kolt mentioned. “Hopefully, he is all executed with therapy and we’re up there ringing the bell and celebrating the top.”
Andrew is courageous, he is type and he loves the Avengers. He is such an awesome child that even Thor actor, Chris Hemsworth, took discover. In a video, only for Andrew, here is what the film star mentioned:
“Hey there, Andrew. Simply wish to say, ‘Hey, mate.’ Hear you are a Marvel fan, that is implausible. Thanks for that. However, I wish to say from myself and all of the Avengers buddy, you might be an absolute inspiration.”
Today, Andrew is doing nicely. He is persevering with therapy and his dad and mom could not be prouder of their boy.
“It is simply superb to see his bravery in all circumstances,” Tristan mentioned. “We’re simply extremely pleased with how far he is come and the way far we have come as a household.”
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Editor’s word: Video above is from Oct. 16, 2020.