Little boy battles cancer for a second time
Story by Megan Boatwright
Eyewitness News Reporter
ROSSVILLE, WALKER COUNTY, GA. (WRCB)-- For a second time, members of the Rossville Community are joining together in support of a 10-year-old boy whose cancer has returned.
Two years ago, Cody Allen was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. It went into remission and now it's back.
Cody's doctors are still waiting on test results to see if he is still battling the soft tissue cancer he was diagnosed with two years ago.
In the week since learning the cancer was back, his classmates have jumped into action with fundraisers and bumper stickers saying, "We love Cody".
"A Nerf gun and the X-box and a toy car that you can build," says Cody Allen.
Since fourth grader Cody Allen was forced to return to T.C. Thompson's Children's Hospital last week, he's gotten a lot of presents. But the 10-year-old says he would still rather be in school.
"I don't know, I just like school," says Cody.
"We went up there and that's when we got the news that he had a mass in his lung," says April Brooks, Cody's mom.
April says Cody liked school before, but having cancer has made him love it even more.
"I think he loves it more now that he had to miss a year," says Brooks.
When he was seven, Cody was diagnosed with a rare form of tissue cancer called Rhabdomyosarcoma. Doctors treated a tumor on his prostate through chemo, and he was in remission for two years. Up until last week, he was still in the classroom at Stonecreek Elementary every day.
"I think my mom told me that he has cancer again and it was really sad for me because it was the first year I get to be in his class," says classmate Clay Honeycutt.
Cody's homeroom has stayed busy this week making him cards, a plaque, and a "we love Cody" bumper sticker. And that's not all, through a cancer organization called Pennies for Patients, the school has started raising money.
"They cut half of that left lung out and didn't see anything suspicious," says Brooks.
On Wednesday, doctors removed another cancerous tumor on Cody's lung. He'll spend the next year undergoing chemo and radiation. But despite it all, his words for his family are strong and full of faith.
"He beat it once, he can do it again, and that he knows he can get through it again," says Brooks.
At this point, Cody's doctors aren't sure of his prognosis either. As his mom put it, they're taking it one day at a time.
He will more than likely have to finish his fourth grade year with a homebound teacher his school will provide.