Relay for Life
of Our Precious Codi Bug
We are sad to have to tell you all that Codi passed away at 12:52 am on September 23, 2003. Our precious Codi on Earth is now our precious Angel Codi in Heaven.
Beginning of Codi's Original Site
I'm Codi Frazier
I was born on July 1, 1992 in Las Vegas, Nevada. My parents, Darel and Shannon Frazier were both in the Air Force and were stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.
I rode my first horse, on the beach, when I was six years old. That is when I fell in love with horses. I also enjoyed Barbie dolls, cats and cartoons.
Just before my 7th birthday, in 2000, I was playing and bumped my left knee on a toy box. My knee swelled up and became painful. Eventually I was unable to walk on it. During a visit to the doctor to have it checked, I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.
The Osteosarcoma was in my knee joint, which is a common location for this disease, which primarily affects children and young adults. Doctors also found that the cancer had metastasized to my left lung.
I was hospitalized at Sunrise Children's Hospital in Las Vegas and I began chemotherapy, prior to surgery to remove the tumor. A surgery called rotationplasty was performed in February, 2001. This is where the surgeon removes the tumor by amputating the affected area. The foot is then turned around and attached where the amputation was performed. This allows the ankle to function in the place of a knee joint.
The rotationplasty surgery was difficult to get used to, but before I knew it, I was up walking and eventually running and playing with other kids. There are exercises that must be done to strengthen the joint and provide flexibility, but the results are worth it.
I completed chemotherapy in August 2001 and another surgery confirmed that the cancer was no longer present in my left lung. I was finally found to be in remission and sent home. That was a happy day!
My mother died unexpectedly of septic shock in January, 2002, about a year after I was released from the hospital and found to be free of cancer. Following my mothers death, I moved to Keizer, Oregon. I am currently attending a grief counseling group called Mother Oaks, in Salem, Oregon.
I participated in the 2002 Marion County Relay for Life, with the Salem Kiwanis Club. Shortly afterward, I was invited to join the Salem Kiwanis Club as an Honorary Junior Member. I love being a part of this group whose primary goal is to help young children. You can click here to learn more about Salem Kiwanis.
In Early October of 2002, I became sick and we all thought I had a flu. The symptoms were very similar, except I didn't have a fever. I went to the Salem Hospital, where I was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes which is also known as Type 1 Diabetes. Following this hospitalization, I have to carefully watch my diet, keep a consistent schedule and get regular exercise. I also test my blood glucose levels frequently and get three insulin injections daily. You can learn more about Juvenile Diabetes at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International.
During a routine cancer screening, on March 9, 2003 Osteogenic sarcoma was found in my sternum area. The cancer has spread into my lungs and is in the area of my heart. I was hospitalized at Doernbecher Childrens Hospital for almost a week. I have been told the cancer is inoperable and incurable. I understand that it is likely I will die from my cancer, however, I am living now, enjoying life every day and I will do so as long as I possibly can.
We tried the experimental cancer drug Depsipeptide, but it did not work for me. We are looking into other clinical trials. If you need information about clinical trials, call the National Cancer Institute at 1-800-4-CANCER or visit the NCI website for clinical trials.
I have returned to school and will attend as long as possible. School is an important part of my life. You can click here to learn more about my school. Cummings Elementary school has helped me achieve my number one dream in life: to have my very own horse!
The community has also been great. Benefits have been scheduled to help me and my family take a vacation, along with medical expenses. The Make a Wish Foundation has provided a trip to Disneyland. Michael Mugrage at Songs of Love has written and recorded a great song called "Codi Bug."
My outlook on life remains positive. I sincerely want to give something back to the world. I hope my website can help someone in some way. If you want to help make a difference simply follow your heart, click a link and get involved with one of the great charities linked from my site.
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