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 is now in Heaven.
NEWS & EVENTS
Note: Entries after 9/8/03 are by Mama Loni. Entries prior to that are by Codi.
6/5/06 - The Salem Relay For Life will be held on June 16th and 17th at Chemeketa Community College in Salem, Oregon. The Salem Kiwanis Team is sponsoring a team in memory of Codi. Donations to the team may be made at www.salemkiwanis.org/relay. If you can come out to Relay For Life we would recommend that you visit about 9:00 pm on the 16th. This is when the Luminaria Ceremony will be held. It is a moving tribute in memory of those we have lost to cancer and in honor of those who are survivors.
9/10/05 - Congratulations to Andy Skinner of Pilot Rock, Oregon, winner of the Kiwanis Doernbecher Children's Hospital fundraiser. Thank you to all who purchased tickets to support our fundraiser. We raised nearly $100,000 for the hospital. These funds will support a great hospital so they can continue to provide outstanding treatment to children with cancer.
It is time for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light the Night walk in Portland, Oregon! The event will be held at 7:30 pm on September 30th, 2005. We'll have a small team in the event again this year. If you would like to join our team please e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our team page and make a donation online to support our team at Light The Night Team Codi.
5/20/05 - It has been quite some time since our last update of this site. That doesn't mean we haven't thought of our supporters often. We've just had a lot to deal with and we're doing it in our own ways. I did want to report some current happenings right now.
Through the Eyes of a Child: Recording artist Jennifer Kravassi has released a new song "Through the Eyes of a Child" which she lovingly dedicated to Codi. You can learn more about Jennifer and her music at www.jenniferkravassi.com. We want to thank her for her kind gesture of support.
Relay For Life: Yes, we're still very involved with Relay For Life, which Codi loved and supported so much. You're welcome to make contributions to the Salem Kiwanis Relay For Life team, in memory of Codi. The Salem Relay For Life will be held on June 17th and 18th, 2005 - Come out and join us!
Kiwanis Doernbecher Children's Hospital fundraiser: The Kiwanis club is now selling raffle tickets for a 1965 Mustang convertible. One lucky person will win this remarkable car for only $2.00. Everybody is really a winner since all proceeds from this fundraiser benefits Doernbecher Children's Hospital where Codi spent so much of her time.
Thank you all for your kindness. We do intend to maintain this web site and will do periodic updates.
10/1/04 - Team Codi comprised of a mix of family, Salem Kiwanis and Relay For Life members, participated in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk. Our team raised over $900.00. There were thousands of people there for a spectacular show of support in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma. Click here to see some photos.
9/30/04 - Tomorrow is our Light The Night Walk. If you haven't already done so, there is still one day to make a contribution to Team Codi. We have exceeded our $700.00 goal. As of right now, we have raised $844.00 and that amount should climb a little higher by tomorrow night. Thanks to everyone who helps in the fight against cancer.
9/28/04 - Tonight was the Salem Kiwanis Installation Banquet. I was inducted as Vice-President and received two awards; Kiwanian of the Year and Kiwanis Leadership Award. It was a fun evening and I was honored that my peers thought enough to select me for this recognition. After the evening was over and I was driving home, I began tearing up. I realized that if it weren't for Codi I probably never would have gotten involved with Kiwanis, I never would have been so committed to community service and the fight against cancer. Without Codi, I never would have met the great people I've become associated with and I never would have received this recognition. I realize that because of Codi, I have become a better person than I would have been had I never met her. I believe I am not the only person who feels this way. Codi was a great kid who made the world a better place because she did live for 12 years.
9/23/04 - This is the one year anniversary of the Codi's passing into Heaven. Some of you will remember Codi's vision of her mom's mansion in Heaven, with a ranch and unicorns and horses. I think of that often and wonder if Codi is enjoying Heaven. Sometimes it seems only yesterday that we were shopping, going on trips and fighting Codi's cancer as a family. At other times it seems a lifetime ago that I got to spend time with Codi and hold her close.
I am glad that this year of "firsts" is over. The past year has been very difficult for my family. Or course, during the past year we were frequently reminded of our precious time with Codi. The first Christmas, first Birthday, first Thanksgiving and first everything without Codi were heartbreaking. I don't know if the second year will be much easier, but we'll move forward.
8/6/04 - Please support The Team Codi in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk to be held on October 1, 2004 in Portland, Oregon. We have lost little friends to leukemia and recently lost our dear friend Tom Scott (Relay For Life Chair) to lymphoma. Did you know leukemia is the leading cause of disease related death among children under age 15? Please click here to see our Team Codi web page.
8/1/04 - My daughter and I attended a Mother Oaks Child summer camp for children and adults grieving the death of a parent, child or sibling. It was an intense weekend with other families, some of whom have also experienced the death of a child. It was an intense weekend
7/29/04 - We attended a Make-a-Wish fundraiser at Coldstone Creamery. We were glad to see some old friends from Make-a-Wish and to be able to contribute to their fundraising efforts.
7/1/04 - Happy Birthday Codi! Today would be Codi's 12th birthday on Earth. Instead, it is her first birthday in Heaven. We're thinking of you on your special day Codi and remembering that special 11th birthday party you had at the Governor's Mansion.
6/30/04 - Kiwanis International Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. I attended as the delegate for Salem Kiwanis. We got a lot of work done over 5 days and I managed to have some fun in the city as well. My hotel room overlooked the Mississippi river and the St. Louis Gateway Arch.
6/23/04 - Team Codi and the Salem/Keizer Kiwanis Relay teams raised over $5000.00 for the American Cancer Society at the 2004 Relay For Life. Thank you to all who contributed your time and money for this worthwhile event.
6/9/04 - REMINDER: Relay For Life of Marion County, Oregon is on June 18th beginning at noon and ending on June 19th at noon. This is an event that raises a lot of money to fight cancer. That money is used for a variety of purposes including research, cancer patient and family support services, early detection and prevention programs, etc. Won't you come out and join us for a fun-filled 24 hours. You can visit the Team Codi Relay For Life page.
6/2/04 - An anonymous letter was left in the desk in Codi's Corner. This is one example of the love that surrounded Codi at her school.
5/22/04 - Team Codi and the Kiwanis Relay For Life teams participated in the Keizer Iris Festival Parade. We had a good turnout and enjoyed the one mile walk through the parade route. Codi really enjoyed being in the parade last year as Grand Marshal. She was mentioned often and warmly remembered during the day. See the photos online.
5/21/04 - The Capitol Auto Group Race Against Drugs Program at Cummings Elementary School was a great success! Driver Rich Bailey and his gang really connected with the children. They had an anti-drug poster contest and handed out some impressive awards to winners such as jackets, remote control cars, caps, etc. More importantly, they delivered a very important message in an effective manner. The kids were hanging on every word they said. An Oregon State Police Officer was also on hand to reach out to the kids. Overall it was incredible to see the interaction. The event was mentioned in National Dragster Magazine. See the photos online.
5/15/04 - I participated in the American Lung Association's Reach the Beach fundraising event. I was an event volunteer for over 2000 bicyclists who rode from Salem and Beaverton to Pacific City. I was assigned motorcycle escort duty, so it was a good reason to get my bike out on the road. Even though it rained a little, I enjoyed getting out on the bike and helping another great cause.
5/10/04 - Capitol Auto Group Racing Team's Race Against Drugs Program
PRESS RELEASE: School
Race Car Event to Honor Codi Frazier
5/6/04 - Team Codi's Relay For Life fundraiser was held today at Cold Stone Creamery in Keizer, Oregon. Members of the team served ice cream, had a great time and raised over $150.00 for the American Cancer Society.
5/5/04 - We attended the Relay for Life fundraiser for Chris's Crusaders at Arbys in Keizer, Oregon.
4/29/04 - Codi's Corner was dedicated at Cummings Elementary School. There were several hundred people in attendance at the library for the moving dedication of Codi's Corner. Contributions will still be accepted. Click here for more details and contact information for the school. See the photos online.
4/17/04 - This is a photo from the Doernbecher Children's Hospital Memorial Service. The grandmother of little Kailee, who passed away shortly before Codi, told everyone how she remembered meeting Codi. She had learned that Kailee was terminally ill. Codi saw Kailee who was very weak and sick, and saw that her grandmother was upset and crying. Once Codi got a break from her chemotherapy treatment, she asked to go to the hospital gift shop. She got a unicorn purse and an angel coin. She came back to the treatment room where she gave these as gifts to Kailee, who was unable to say anything, but she smiled as she took the purse. Codi hugged Kailee's grandmother and said everything would be ok, then Codi returned to her chemo treatment. The grandmother said she would never forget that act of kindness as long as she lives.
That's the Codi we all remember so well and that's why we're so proud of her.
4/16/04 - A Doernbecher Children's Hospital Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2004 from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm for the families and loved ones of children who have died from April 2003 to March 2004. Call 503-418-5388 (Pastoral Care) to RSVP. We will display a collection of photos of Codi during the memorial service.
4/15/04 - Relay For Life Team Codi will have a fundraiser on Thursday, May 6, 2004 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please join us at Cold Stone Creamery for delicious ice cream treats. The ice cream shop is located at 5063 River Road N. (in the Roth's shopping center), Keizer, Oregon. Some of Codi's family and friends will be busy serving ice cream, with 30% of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society in support of Team Codi.
4/14/04 - The Dedication of Codi's Corner Will Be Held on Thursday, April 29th, 2004 at 6:15 pm. The ceremony will be held at Cummings Elementary School library, 613 Cummings, Keizer, Oregon 97303.
Codi's Corner book and financial contributions will continue to be accepted into the future. Thank you all for your support of this meaningful project to support the children who loved Codi so much.
4/1/04 - Sadly we must report the death of Codi's friend Tom Scott. Tom was the Chair of the Relay for Life in Marion County, Oregon. Tom learned he had Leukemia last year and it was believed the cancer was responding to treatments. However, the cancer returned and took one of the finest men we had the opportunity to know. Tom had always been a supporter of Codi and he once commented that he felt that somehow Codi had passed the "Relay" baton on to him. It is because of great people like Tom and Codi that we will continue our fight against cancer.
2/20/04 - I have just returned from a visit to New York City where I collaborated on an web site project with family and business associates of Christy Romano. Christy is best known as Ren from Even Stevens and the voice of Kim Possible. She has followed Codi's web site and contacted us several times during Codi's battle with cancer.
During this visit, Christy spoke with obvious compassion of how Codi has inspired her. Christy has been a supporter of other children with cancer as well as children's charities. She is a very talented young lady who is a rapidly rising star in the entertainment world. Presently she is appearing in Disney's Broadway play "Beauty and the Beast." You can click here to see Christy's web site.
2/10/04 - Codi's Corner was presented to the Kiwanis Division 70 Council meeting. Other Kiwanis clubs have pledged their support of this project!
2/9/04 - The 2004 Relay For Life of Marion County web site is now online. You'll notice that Codi's name is prominent among the first teams signing up to participate in the event.
click here to visit Team Codi (the team organized by Loni Nicole and Sara)
click here to visit Salem Kiwanis Team dedicated to Codi's memory
2/6/04 - Codi's Corner is on the front page of the Keizer Times today. Click here to read the article.
2/4/04 - The Salem Kiwanis Board of Directors approved a $500 contribution to support Codi's Corner. The club will use these funds to purchase a rocking chair for the library, with the remainder to be used at the discretion of the librarian to purchase books.
1/23/04 - We attended the Relay for Life Kickoff today. There were luminaria bags set up in memory of Codi. Governor Kulongoski even sent a special luminaria with a personal message to Codi. There were Codi photos from the Relay last year and speakers often spoke her name. It was powerfully emotional and provides yet further evidence of Codi's positive influence and momentum in her life and beyond. I believe Codi will help the Relay for Life reach a new height this year! E-mail us if you want to be involved. See the post dated 1/20/04 for more information.
1/21/04 - Codi's Corner is a step closer to reality. We had a planning meeting today at Cummings Elementary School. This is an exciting project to contribute needed resources to Codi's school library. We are now actively seeking contributions for this special "Codi's Corner" library collection.
1/20/04 - Relay for Life Kickoff is this Saturday 1/24/04 at 2:00 pm. It will be held at the Comfort Suites Inn located at 630 Hawthorne Av. SE in Salem, Oregon. This will be a great time to come out to get more information and everything you need to form a team. E-Mail us if you want more information about any of the following Relay for Life activities;
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: Relay for Life will be held on June 18th and 19th, 2004 from noon until noon, at Chemeketa Community College, in Salem, Oregon.
1/15/04 - Relay for Life has began meetings for the 2004 event. It will be held on June 18th and 19th. More specific information will follow soon. I am honored to be able to lend my abilities to the Steering Committee this year. I can feel Codi's presence as I do the work on behalf of the American Cancer Society. I wish she could join us. She brought so much life and enthusiasm to Relay for Life. Nobody knew how much Relay for Life and being named Grand Marshal for the 2003 event would end up meaning to Codi. The serious work that we did over the past couple years were truly happy times for Codi.
1/13/04 - We presented Codi's Music Teacher (Mrs. Kadaja) and Principal (Mrs. Sachtjen) with copies of the popular children's book "Olive the Other Reindeer." This idea was originally proposed by Cummings Elementary Parent Teacher Club President Mary Aichlmayr. The copies were signed by Governor Ted Kulongoski, in appreciation for their service to the children of Salem, Oregon and for their support of Codi. This is the book that First Lady Mary Oberst read to the children at the Capitol tree lighting ceremony on 12/2/03. We also provided extra audio copies of the book for classroom use. This was my first time back at the school since Codi passed away. The school was a special place for Codi, so my return was very emotional. I held myself together very well until I drove away.
While at the school, I obtained a copy of the Cummings Elementary 5th grade newspaper. On the back cover was a poem written about Codi.
A Warm, Gentle Breeze
A warm, gentle breeze
whispered though our lives
We tried with all our might to
If you pause you will feel
When you are sad and lonely
1/12/04 - A ribbon in memory of Codi was on the Candlelighters tree, on display in Washington, DC during the month of December, 2003. We were surprised to receive an e-mail informing us that our online friend Ashton visited the tree earlier in the month and saw Codi's ribbon! Here are three photos that Ashton and his parents sent to us. It is remarkable that Ashton happened to see this particular ribbon since he had no idea that Codi had a ribbon on the tree. We're so grateful to Ashton and his family for sharing this with us and for their support throughout our journey with Codi.
12/13/03 - You can view a brief New Zealand television report (requires Quick Time) about our friend Cameron Duncan (4/20/86 - 11/12/03). He was a talented film director and he greatly influenced the final movie in The Lord of the Rings trilogy. This is a nice tribute to a great young man. We are losing far too many wonderful people to cancer. I hope the stories of real people like Codi and Cameron will help motivate people to become more involved in the fight against cancer.
12/6/03 - There are three new photo galleries on Codi's photo page. These photos were on rolls of film that had been undeveloped. The photos are from the last few weeks of Codi's life. For you diehard "Codi Bug Shopping Spree" fans, there are photos of Codi's last shopping trip at the Doernbecher Children's Hospital gift shop. Thanks to our friend DeLinda of Deeva Designs who does all the photo gallery updates.
We have also posted a fourth gallery with a few photos from the Cummings Elementary School fundraiser which was held at the Salem Riverfront Carousel, in Codi's memory (scroll down to the 11/20/03 post for more information).
12/5/03 - I have been invited to join the Steering Committee for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Marion County. I am honored and will accept. My position will involve using the Internet to help with team building, promotion of Relay for Life, event information and building support for the local Relay. Codi would be so excited and happy about this!
12/4/03 - Cummings Elementary School is developing a special library collection to be called "Codi's Corner." The First Lady of Oregon, Mary Oberst has committed to the first contribution to this memorial collection. Our family is also making a contribution. Others have expressed a strong interest in this project, so we are now certain it is going to become a reality.
It will be nice to contribute to such a great school and the special library collection will be the perfect memorial for Codi. She loved the school, the students and learning. Her favorite book was "White Fang" which she kept checking out, over and over again, from the Cummings library. Eventually, her teacher told her she could keep it since she enjoyed it so much.
12/3/03 - The Doernbecher Fundraising Video, featuring Codi has been completed. This video was produced for the benefit of the Kiwanis Doernbecher Children's Cancer Program (KDCCP). It was the result of funding provided from Oregon Kiwanis clubs along with businesses and private individuals. I haven't seen the film yet, but I understand it received a standing ovation at the board meeting of the KDCCP following its debut. I'm eagerly awaiting my copy.
12/2/03 - Jeanne, our friend from Keizer, Oregon has joined Kiwanis. Jeanne was responsible for putting together the "Community for Codi Day" in Keizer on April 25, 2003. She became an important part of our family's support network and now I am very happy to announce that she is becoming a Kiwanian. She will be a valuable asset to the Salem Kiwanis Club. This is yet another example of how Codi touched so many lives in her short time on Earth. She continues to touch many lives through the work she did in the community, and the people she brought together as a result.
12/2/03 - Sara and I attended the Salem Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony where the Cummings Elementary School Choir performed. The Cummings Elementary choir performed beautifully. Governor Kulongoski addressed those in attendance and told everyone that he had a special connection to Cummings Elementary School because of his good friend Codi Frazier. It was a touching tribute to Codi that left both Sara and I with tears streaming down our faces. Then, the First Lady Mary Oberst read to the children from a book titled "Olive the Other Reindeer." It was a wonderful evening. I'm very glad we attended.
11/29/03 - Codi's Friend Ashley spent the day with us. We had a fun day starting with the Cummings Elementary School fundraiser. I found out that the amplifiers cost $850 each, so any contributions toward these devices will be greatly appreciated (scroll down for contact information). We rode the carousel and stopped in the gift shop for a couple gifts. Afterward, we went to our new house and showed Ashley around. Then we went to the mall where we had lunch and did some more shopping. It was a fun day and I'm glad we could share it with one of Codi's best friends.
11/20/03 - Codi's school is having a fundraiser at one of Codi's favorite places in Salem - the Salem Riverfront Carousel. Cummings Elementary School was good to Codi from the first day she attended the school. They carefully integrated her into the student body. They loved her and nurtured her and they became part of our extended family as we faced Codi's cancer.
If you wish to make a monetary contribution to Cummings Elementary School please mail a check or money order to:
Cummings Elementary School
Phone: (503) 399-3141
11/19/03 - Sadly, we report the accidental death of Steven Maine. Mr. Maine was the father of Ashley, one of Codi's best friends. Click here for his obituary that appeared in the Statesman Journal newspaper. We are deeply saddened that Ashley and her family must endure this hardship. The Maine family supported our family during Codi's illness, and we want to support them in their time of need.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21 at the funeral home. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Sat., Nov. 22 at Keizer Funeral Chapel.
11/12/03 - We are heartbroken to report that Cameron Duncan lost his battle with Osteosarcoma.
The following is the Duncan family announcement;
It breaks our hearts to tell you that our darling son Cameron, passed away this afternoon 12 November 2003 at 1:40pm Houston, Texas time at MD Anderson Hospital, Houston.
Cameron and Codi seemed to share some common bond as they both battled courageously against Osteosarcoma with lung metastasis, both had incredible spirits, both were so young and had so much more to offer the world. Cameron and his family were among the toughest fighters we have seen. We were inspired by their example. We were also grateful that they were willing to share their wealth of knowledge with us as we raced to try to find a cure for Codi.
We have asked Codi to welcome Cameron into Heaven and show him around. I think they'll be great friends. We should all take a moment to notice how these two great kids lived their lives and learn from their examples.
May God bless Cameron and his family.
11/7/03 - Our friend Cameron Duncan is running out of treatment options. He is currently hospitalized at MD Anderson Cancer Clinic. Please visit Cameron's website and say hi and join us for his prayer vigil beginning Sunday, November 9, 2003 at noon Central Standard Time. Cameron is a very talented young man with numerous media awards for his film productions. He is full of life and is a courageous fighter in his battle against Osteosarcoma.
11/5/03 - New: We've added an Amber Alert scrolling banner at the bottom of our home page.
11/3/03 - We've added some selected Osteosarcoma links to this site. Click here to see the updated Osteosarcoma information page.
10/30/03 - We are supporting the 2003 Candlelighters National Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree campaign. Candlelighters supported Codi and her family during her battle with cancer in Las Vegas. They are a good organization worthy of our support. Therefore, we wholeheartedly recommend this campaign as a way to honor childhood cancer victims and to raise public awareness. You can make a difference with as little as $5. Any child can have multiple ribbons on the tree.
National Childhood Cancer Awareness Tree
Click Here to Purchase Ribbons in honor of a childhood cancer victim or survivor. To search the Holiday Tree Ribbons click: Search 2003 Ribbons - Search 2002 Ribbons or View pictures from 2002 event: 2002 Photos.
10/27/03 - We went to the yearly Cummings Elementary School fundraiser at McDonalds, in Keizer, Oregon. It was great seeing some of our friends including staff and students from the school. We saw some of Codi's very favorite people there. It was great to see them and it felt good to contribute to such a great school.
10/24/03 - We took RachelJoy and her mom Stephanie out for a Codi day. They live in Oregon and drove to Salem to visit with with us. Sara also joined us for the day. We first went to the Carousel. It felt strange and a little sad being there without Codi, but today was RachelJoy's special day. It was her first time on a carousel and she loved it! Of course, RachelJoy had to get a musical horse and a couple postcards from the giftshop. Afterward we did lunch at Sizzler and then went to Toys r Us for one of the famous CodiBug shopping trips! RachelJoy got a talking Elmo and a train set. She is a pretty good little shopper! Somehow I just know Codi would approve of today.
10/23/03 - Today marked one month since Codi passed away. Life is very different without Codi. We're doing ok, not great. We're trying to remember that Codi wanted us to sometimes think of her and be happy. On this particular day we're very sad that Codi isn't here with us sharing more shopping trips, family outings and good times.
10/21/03 - I had some special guests at Kiwanis today: Sara, Colleen and Jeanne, three of Codi's biggest supporters joined me. I was very happy to have them join me. They were very warmly received by Codi's Kiwanis family. I hope they will join me again in the future.
Sara was Codi's caregiver in our home. She put her life entirely on hold while she devoted her life completely to Codi. Sara took the time to learn Codi's complicated health care regimen and made sure that every detail was taken care of, eventually becoming the primary caregiver. She and Codi loved each other deeply. They spent a great deal of time together and shared a special bond.
Colleen is the counselor at Cummings Elementary School. She was a strong supporter coordinating efforts between the school and home. She loved Codi and eventually became much more involved taking her out with her children and visiting frequently. Colleen is the person who also successfully coordinated the efforts to have an Iris named after Codi.
Jeanne worked with another special needs student at Cummings Elementary School when she became aware of Codi. She took action and coordinated the school, community members and a number of Keizer, Oregon businesses to have a "Community for Codi Day." Through their efforts over $8,000.00 was raised to help with Codi's needs. This money enabled us to show Codi the time of her life, when she needed it most.
10/18/03 - I staffed the Relay for Life booth at a women's fair in Salem, Oregon today. It was nice to get out and see some old friends from Relay and it was nice to help out the American Cancer Society. As I worked the booth, I noticed that some people don't want to hear about cancer. It seems easier for them to avoid the subject. One elderly lady was a survivor of cancer and she walked away, saying "I didn't want to deal with cancer when I got it and I don't want to deal with it now."
This was a learning experience for me. I understand that some people simply can't deal emotionally with the reality of cancer. Others have no choice when their children or other loved ones come face to face with the cancer monster. Sooner or later, everyone will be affected by cancer.
Of course, not all people avoid the subject. Many we spoke with were active supporters of the American Cancer Society or other cancer organizations. Many were sympathetic and we enlisted the support of new people. We are thankful for everyone who joins in the fight.
10/14/03 - Codi's 13 year old friend Bridjett and her mother Christina joined me at a Kiwanis meeting today. Some of you will recall that Bridjett and Codi formed a special friendship after meeting at Doernbecher Children's Hospital. After a hospital stay and learning of her terminal illness, Codi was eager to leave and get home. On the way out she saw Bridjett in a nearby hospital room and she noticed that she had the same rotationplasty surgery as Codi. Codi stopped in and told Bridjett, "don't worry, it seems strange right now and it's hard to get used to, but before you know it you'll be up and running around, playing with other kids." This seemed to be touching and hopefully a little comforting for Bridjett and her mother. On the way down the elevator, my friend Betty told Codi that was a very nice thing for her to do. Codi responded, "it is what a good Kiwanian should do." This was just one example of Codi's giving spirit and sense of devotion to community service. That is pretty remarkable considering she was only 10 years old at the time.
Bridjett has that beautiful spirit, just like Codi had. Another day Codi had been in the hospital at the same time as Bridjett and she was scheduled to leave. She was terribly sick and feeling horrible but eager to go home anyway. Bridjett told us not to leave without stopping by to see her. When we did, Codi was given a "Feel Better" book that Bridjett had made. It contains pictures of Bridjett and other hand drawn pictures. It reads as follows;
Codi's Feel Better Book (7/15/03)
If you ever need a friend
I know how it feels
But we can turn that
If you ever want
Or give me tips on
You can call me anytime
The book is wonderful and it had a magical quality about it. It did make Codi feel better. Funny thing is, although it was written for Codi, it's making me feel better right now. I look at it often and it will remain a cherished treasure.
Happily Bridjett completed chemotherapy on August 29th and her latest CT Scan is clear. She is adjusting very well, with a wonderful attitude and she is already walking on her new prosthetic leg.
I hope Bridjett and her mother will continue coming out to Kiwanis meetings and events. They are special people who have much to offer and I happen to know the Kiwanis members would love to spoil Bridjett every now and then!
10/8/03 - Today was my birthday. I had a little celebration which included Sara, some of our friends from the Capitol and from Codi's school. I wish I could have gotten one of those wonderful hand drawn happy birthday cards from Codi. I was kind of depressed today, realizing it was my first birthday without Codi, then I realized I will be marking all kinds of "firsts" in the near future such as our first Halloween, first Thanksgiving, first Christmas and so forth. We enjoyed celebrating the holidays as a family, so Codi will surely be missed but happily remembered.
10/3/03 - TEAM CODI participated in the Portland, Oregon Light the Night Walk. We didn't have much time to plan our team walk, but we made a fairly impressive showing. Thank you to those who contributed to our team. Prior to her death, Codi had said she wanted to have a team in the Light the Night walk, so we're happy her wish came true.
9/27/03 - Codi's Funeral was held today at Westminster Presbyterian Church. There were about 175 people in attendance. As I looked around the church, I was reminded of something I already knew; Codi's friends were of all ages, all walks of life, all races, religions and backgrounds. Codi brought all of us together and we're all changed in a very positive way because of it.
Mother Oaks Child was there to guide the children through activities designed to help them with their grieving process. They did artwork and made bracelets in remembrance of Codi. Cummings Elementary School staff also made goodie bags which were distributed to all the children. Codi - We did what you requested for the children and it was wonderful!
The funeral service began with a playing of Angels Among Us. It was a powerful beginning of a wonderful service.
Carol Adams performed We Love Codi, a song about Codi's interactions with her teachers. She added two final verses to her song.
"Codi's been through
thick and thin
Now she's in a better place
Cummings Elementary School Principal Charlotte Sachtjen and Codi's 4th grade teacher Jennifer Bethers each provided their memories of Codi's presence at the school. Codi's friend and spiritual advisor Pastor John Moody spoke of Codi and presented scripture lessons. Robin Steckley, another of Codi's personal friends and a member of Relay for Life then provided her memories of Codi during her participation in Relay for Life, including her impact during Team Captain meetings and then during the event. Codi's aunt Debbie Frazier then recalled that even as an infant, Codi had a special spirit and she has now reached people around the world.
Scott Riordan then played piano and sand a beautiful performance of Codi Bug. Bob Repine, a past president of the Salem Kiwanis then remembered Codi's exuberant participation in the club that serves the children of the world. Scott Riordan (piano) and Kevin Ohmart (trumpet) then performed a moving rendition of Jesus Loves the Little Children, while everyone joined in to sing along.
Pastor Moody then closed the service with a benediction. After the funeral, everyone remained at the church and socialized.
This funeral was the best I've ever seen. I'm so happy we were able to have the funeral just the way Codi wanted it. It was one of the last things we could do especially for her. I do believe she approved and was smiling down on us today.
9/26/03 - We visited with Codi at the funeral home. She has received some beautiful floral arrangements. This includes an arrangement made using her saddle. Some of Codi's friends from school visited, along with other family and community members. Tomorrow is the funeral. We would like to invite anyone interested to attend with us, to celebrate the life of our special child.
We will continue Codi's fight against all cancers. If you live in the Portland/Salem, Oregon area, will you consider joining our Light the Night team? Otherwise, will you consider making a contribution in Codi's memory? See details to right in "Other News" box.
9/24/03 - Funeral Arrangements have been made as follows;
Viewing at Barrick Funeral
9/25/03 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Funeral Service at
Westminster Presbyterian Church
Saturday 9/27/03 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, followed by refreshments
At Codi's request, all children attending the funeral service will be given goodie bags and will have the opportunity to go to a separate room where there will be children's activities. Codi told us this is important because "kids get bored listening to grown-ups talking." If you knew Codi personally, then you'll recognize the candor and underlying wisdom of this statement. The children's activities will be supervised by Mother Oaks Child, a grief counseling organization for children. We think Codi had a really great idea here!
We would like to thank Greg Barrick, Director of Barrick Funeral Home and John Moody, Pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church for being our friends. They have kindly guided us through all the planning for what we believe will be very loving viewing and funeral, worthy of our precious Angel Codi. She was friends of both of these men prior to her diagnosis with cancer and she was glad they would be involved in her services.
Anyone wishing to send flowers or cards may have them delivered to Barrick Funeral Home on Friday. These will then be transported to the Church for the funeral service as well.
Those wishing to make contributions are encouraged to support a charity listed on Codi's website or to join a community service organization such as Salem Kiwanis or the Keizer Rotary Club. These organizations were very important to Codi.
appeared on the front page of the 9/24/03 Statesman Journal.
One thing we always wanted to say is how much we appreciate the people who have helped us, at different times during this difficult experience. We can't name you individually as we would miss naming some of you (there are so many people who showed they care). You are our heroes. Without you we could not have made Codi's life as happy as we did. You came through, each in your own ways, and collectively we provided everything that Codi needed. She has lived the last few months of her life first class all the way.
We believe the community involvement with Codi is a textbook case for how people from all walks of life can come together to make a big difference during a time of dire needs. The wonderful people in the cities of Salem and Keizer Oregon have made all the difference in the world for Codi, and for her family.
Thank you to all who have participated in your own ways. We love you all from the bottom of our hearts. I believe Codi is smiling down on you from Heaven.
9/22/03 - Codi
is in the final stage of her fight with cancer. Today has been a
very rough day. I won't go into all the details, but no child nor their
family should ever have to go through this. We don't know how long Codi
will live, but she has many complications now. Our focus is on making her
as comfortable as we possibly can.
9/22/03 - Codi is back in Doernbecher Hospital due to increased pain, edema, distended stomach, labored breathing and fever. Without much advance notice, we left the house at 3 am this morning. Doctors are going to run tests to try to determine the source of Codi's infection. We'll update as soon as we have more information.
9/21/03 - Rich Bailey, driver of the Capitol Auto Group Drag Racing Team visited Codi today. In fact, she had lots of company today. I think we had about 10 people come through the house to see her including Betsy, Jeanne and Amy. I know we don't always mention our friends and family who stay by our side. We appreciate you so much. It is important to bring people to Codi since she can't get out now. We all let her know we love her and try to have someone in the room at all times.
We have decorated Codi's bedroom with photos and memorabilia from her wonderful adventures during the past few months, and from other significant points in her life. Codi is able to remember the happy experiences and we discuss them often. This is comforting at this time when Codi is bedridden.
Codi's Daddy spent the weekend with her again. Codi loves spending time with him. Then there is always Grandpa Darel, Sara and I who are always around.
Codi's condition is stable, but serious. She is struggling. We hate to see this and are working diligently to make sure she is as comfortable, content and secure as possible. We are hoping Codi will make a miraculous comeback like she has so many times before, but hope is wearing thin. We know we have entered the final stage of this horrible disease.
9/20/03 - Codi is doing a little better today. We have increased her pain medication to a very high level. We have also increased her oxygen flow and she has been catheterized. These things have helped make her more comfortable. She is sleeping most of the time and only wakes briefly, usually only for a minute or less at a time.
Codi got a beautiful bouquet of flowers and balloons from one of her supporters in Florida. Codi saw it and managed a big smile, through her discomfort (at the time). We thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, guestbook entries, e-mails, cards, gifts, phone calls and visits. We have probably missed thanking some of you appropriately. Please know we appreciate all that you do.
Codi also got a massage (yesterday and today) from our friend Melodie. She always loves Melodie's visits and the massages are so relaxing. Melodie and the hospice Nurse Dorene usually try to visit at the same time when bandages are to be changed. When Codi is able to relax, the bandage changes go much more easily.
9/19/03 - Codi isn't doing very well. She is only awake a few minutes at a time. The pain medication has been increased. Oxygen has been increased. Her pain is under control and she is resting fairly comfortably, but we see signs of her organs beginning to shut down. Even through all of this, when she is awake we're able to get smiles from her and she is such a precious and lovable little girl. She has been able to see her cats (Tommy and Smokey) and bunny rabbit (Cinnamon). The cats seem to spend more time laying on her bed and sleeping with her. It really seems that they realize something is wrong and they are trying to comfort her.
9/18/03 - Codi has been released from the hospital! She is doing much better now. The pneumonia responded to the antibiotics and her right lung now sounds mostly clear. Codi is on oxygen, her liver is enlarged and she is very weak and tired, but she pulled through this latest battle. We were very nervous and weren't sure we would ever be able to bring Codi home. Codi has some more living to do and perhaps some more lives to touch.
Governor Kulongoski visited Codi at the hospital today, prior to her release. Codi woke up and had a nice visit with him. During their conversation, they reminisced about Patrick and Slush's (Codi's stuffed dogs) wedding at the Governor's Mansion.
9/17/03 - Nothing major to report today. Codi's edema seems minor, but we still have to wait and see what is going to happen. We had to increase her oxygen level, but the pain is still well under control. Codi wanted to go shopping today but she has not been awake long enough to make an attempt. Codi will be evaluated by her doctor tomorrow and may be able to go home at least for awhile.
9/16/03 - Cummings
Elementary School presented Codi with a video greeting card. The
5th grade class, teachers and administrative staff participated in the
making of the video. It features the class singing a song for Codi,
individual greetings and some crazy teachers threatening homework
assignments and then deciding to do the "chicken dance" instead.
Mr. Adams (Cummings Elementary School teacher) and his wife Carol
(performer of "We Love Codi") delivered the video to the
hospital. Codi watched it and she got a big smile on her face and she
waved back at the kids as they were waving to her. This was a wonderful
gift from the elementary school that has become part of Codi's extended
9/15/03 - Codi
went shopping at the hospital gift shop! She surprised us by asking
to go shopping during one of her waking moments. We loaded her up in a
wagon and off we went. She tried to walk in the store but was unable. We
wheeled her around in the store and she found all kinds of things she
liked. She got a four stuffed animals (2 cats and horses), some trinkets,
a water color palette, a diamond light and some candy. She shopped for
only about 15 minutes and was exhausted by the time we finished but we are
so happy she was still able to do one of the things she enjoys most.
9/14/03 - Codi is sleeping comfortably. She has awakened a few times and we've had some very brief but precious conversations with her. Nobody really knows exactly what is going on physiologically, but her condition is serious. Codi continues to fight - she is a tough kid.
9/13/03 - We
got what we think is some good news. Codi's chest was x-rayed. Her
left lung is totally obstructed by tumor (we knew that already). Her right
lung however, was mostly clear with a relatively small amount of pneumonia
present. Perhaps the antibiotics have been working. The next 48 hours are
critical for Codi and will most likely be an indicator of whether this is
the final stage or if she will get to go home.
9/12/03 - Codi is being admitted to Doernbecher Children's Hospital today. Her condition has deteriorated and she is struggling. We're hoping for some small miracle now. Thanks for your thoughts and prayers. They are all so very helpful. We will update the site as soon as possible, but may have to post updates on the guestbook since our Internet access will be limited.
9/11/03 - Codi is on oxygen and is sleeping restlessly tonight. She has slept through most of the day today.
9/10/03 - Codi has been diagnosed with pneumonia. We are concerned by this recent development. She is on antibiotics, coughing badly and having a rough evening.
We are saddened to hear of the death of Oregon Senator Gordon Smith's 22 year old son Garrett, who had been living in Orem, Utah where he attended college. Senator Smith was kind enough to attend Codi's birthday party to show his support, after learning of her cancer. We hope you will say a prayer for Garrett and his family. You can visit Senator Smith's website.
**The 9/8 post is the last entry by Codi**
9/8/03 - I got a cute little brown bunny rabbit. I named her Cinnamon. She is so cute and I love her! My sister Loni Nicole got a brown bunny also, so Cinnamon has a playmate.
9/7/03 - I went shopping at Walmart and got two bead kits, some lip glosses, and some other toys. I didn't have much energy, but I did enjoy the shopping trip. I can't walk much anymore, but I have a wheelchair. I saw a friend from the Mother Oaks Child program while I was at Walmart.
9/6/03 - We had a family barbecue at my house. We had ribs and hot dogs and salad. My Aunt Debbie did most of the cooking, with some help from my Grandma Judy. There was lots of food and everybody ate a lot, except me because I wasn't hungry. My Daddy spent the whole weekend with me too. I love my Daddy!
9/5/03 - Mrs. Friedrich brought me a picture of my Iris. This picture (below) is my own Iris named Codi's Angel Face. It will be available for purchase from Schreiner's Iris Garden next year. I've been told that a lot of my family, my school and the Willamette Valley Hospice are going to be planting Codi's Angel Face gardens!
9/4/03 - I went shopping at Rite-Aid today and got a bunch of cool new things including a Fort Knox safe, Cutie Critters Unicorns, gel pens and a lot of other toys.
9/3/03 - I had visitors from Westminster Presbyterian Church today. They brought me a beautiful silver bracelet with my name on it. It also had a cross and a unicorn on it.
9/2/03 - I want shopping at the Dollar Store today! I got more art supplies. My school principal Mrs. Sachtjen visited me today too.
9/2/03 - I just found out, my friend Katia is back in the hospital with a leukemia relapse. Please pray for her and visit her website to sign her guestbook so she will feel a little better.
9/1/03 - I went shopping at Toys r Us today! I got a Zebra Micro Pet and a Snubbies Doggie Mansion set.
9/1/03 - I found out that my friend Kailee passed away on August 10th. She was three years old and had leukemia. I met her while we were both in the hospital at Doernbecher. I remember she seemed scared so I went to the hospital gift shop and bought her a unicorn purse. It made her smile and I felt good. Please pray for Angel Kailee and her family.
8/31/03 - I got a picture of my Iris "Codi's Angel Face" today. Mrs. Friedrich, my school counselor brought it to me. It is so beautiful. I'll get a picture of it online as soon as we can scan it.
8/30/03 - We finally got online to update my site. Sorry it has been so long. We were busy moving into the new house. I love my bedroom and the whole house is nice.
8/29/03 - I went shopping at Safeway with my Grandpa and my friend Robin. I got Jolly Ranchers, Pixie Stix, Jello, Pudding and a hand-held Lite Brite set. It was also a good day for sitting in the porch swing.
8/28/03 - I was visited by the Kiwanis Pacific Northwest Governor Sylvester Neal and the District Secretary/Treasurer Cleve Parker. They talked with me and took some pictures. I was made Kiwanis Governor for a day today! I also received a Kiwanis recruiting award because a member of Kiwanis was planning to resign her membership, but changed her mind after hearing my story. I was also given the Governor's special Achievement award for the things I've done with Kiwanis. Governor Neal also gave me a Kiwanis teddy bear and a heart shaped pillow that I really like. Governor Neal and Secretary Parker are very nice men. They told me I'm helping Kiwanis and Doernbecher Children's Hospital and that makes me feel great! I enjoyed their visit and I hope to see them again.
8/25/03 - I've been having some bad days, mostly throwing up and just not feeling well. I sometimes have pain, but I get pain medication for that so it isn't too bad. All the drugs make me sleepy.
8/21/03 - Our realtor Debbie McMillan brought me a squirrel feeder with some food and a book about squirrels. She heard that I like sitting outside watching the squirrels. I looked at the book and learned that we have tree squirrels here and they are gray, but they are red in some other parts of the United States. They use their bushy tails for balance. We put the feeder up and haven't seen any squirrels yet but I'll keep watching for them.
8/19/03 - I sat in the porch swing almost all day today with my Grandpa. I wanted to stay all day because it was so nice there.
8/18/03 - I got a porch swing for the front deck at our house so I can sit out there. I really like sitting outside on the porch swing.
8/17/03 I've been feeling pretty good. I walked around the new house today and spent some time outside.
8/16/03 - We started moving into our new house in Salem. It is really cool, with a creek in the front yard and woods in the back yard. There are squirrels, racoons, deer and other animals that come in our yard.
8/15/03 - My art gallery is now online. I've been busy doing new art so I decided to put some of it online. You can see it at Codibug's Art Gallery.
8/14/03 - I went shopping at Fred Meyer today. I was sick and not feeling well, but I did make it long enough to find some cool new toys. One of my favorites is a unicorn fuzzy poster.
8/14/03 - We celebrated my Aunt Debbie's birthday today. She came to the house and we had cake and ice cream. I gave her gardening tools. She didn't know what that was for and then I gave her some of my "Codi's Angel Face" bulbs to plant. I think she liked that!
8/13/03 - An beautiful pink Iris was named after me today! I met with David Schreiner, owner of Schreiner's Iris Garden in Keizer, Oregon. I told them I want to name it Angel Face because that is what my grandmother used to call me. They named it Codi's Angel Face and it will be in catalogs and will be a registered Iris name. I got some to give to my family and friend and we're going to get some to plant in our yard too.
8/12/03 - I went shopping at Toys r Us again. I really like shopping! After that, we went to dinner at a Mexican food restaurant, but I only ate a couple tortilla chips.
8/11/03 - I was featured in Drag Race Central's news today and I understand I was mentioned on the televised drag races, although I didn't see it. My friend Mitch Myers has my name on the injector scoop of his Epha dragster and he is doing really good. I hope he is safe and that he wins a lot of races. I really like all the drag racers including Mitch Myers, Rich Bailey and Kim Parker.
8/10/03 - Today was my Grandmother Judy's birthday. I visited her and we threw her a small surprise party. I got to spend some time with my cousin Rachel who was there also. I also went shopping at Fred Meyer and got another Slurpee at 7-Eleven.
8/9/03 - My daddy spent the evening with me. We played games together most of the night. That was fun!
8/8/03 - I had another good day today! I went shopping at the Dollar Store and to the Salem Riverfront Carousel where I rode the horses a few times. After that I got a Slurpee at 7-Eleven and went home.
8/8/03 - My song We Love Codi by Carol Adams is now online. You can click here to hear it now.
8/7/03 - I went to Chuck E Cheese today. My Grandpa Darel Sr. joined us. I played my favorite game, Skee Ball for a long time and won a lot of tickets. I traded all my tickets for a gumball machine. Everybody was calling me the Skee Ball Queen!
8/6/03 - We we shopping at Toys r Us and Walmart today. My friend Robin from Relay for Life was with me. I had a pretty good day and got some really cool toys. I really like the Hello Kitty toys I got today.
8/4/03 - We went shopping at the Lancaster Mall in Salem today. I love going to the mall. I got some candy, stuffed animals and jewelry. My boyfriend also visited me today. It was really nice seeing him again because he has been away for school vacation. I missed him.
8/3/03 - I asked Mama Loni if we could go shopping at the Fred Meyer store today. My school counselor from Cummings, Mrs. Friedrich, went shopping with us too. It was nice to get out because I've been sick for the past week or more. I only lasted half an hour but at least I got out. My Mama Loni says I have a "million dollar lip" because when I ask for something and poke out my bottom lip in a pout, she just can't say no to me. I got a bunch of cool stuff, mostly make-up. Mrs. Friedrich spent the night with me. I think she was surprised how late I stayed awake!
7/28/03 - I got a professional massage from our friend Melody. It felt so good. She usually see me twice a week and I always look forward to her visits. Melody is a licensed Massage Therapist and she owns Well Life Healing Arts Center in Salem, Oregon.
7/27/03 - We had another family barbecue at my Daddy's house. There was lots of food and me and Daddy sat together and tried to find fish in the backyard pond because they were hiding under rocks and plants. Afterward I went to 7-11 and got some candy because I can have whatever I want to eat now, even with diabetes.
7/26/03 - I went shopping at Walmart and then we played at Chuck E. Cheese. I sure love shopping! I got a digital diary and a music CD. Chuck E. Cheese was a lot of fun too. I played a bunch of games and won tickets so I could get prizes. I think I want to go back there soon and win more prizes. Earlier in the day, I had to miss my friend Neco's birthday party because I was not feeling well. Neco is a good friend and I am glad he had a good birthday.
7/25/03 - I got a shopping spree at the Dollar Store. I love shopping there and I can get a lot of stuff for just a little money. I got some more art supplies and birds for my bird collection.
7/24/03 - There was a wedding for Patrick and Slush, my stuffed dogs. The Governor offered to have the wedding at his Mansion the morning after my slumber party. What I didn't know was that Oregon Supreme Court Justice Robert Durham was doing the marriage. He read a special poem before the marriage ceremony and it was really good about stuffed animals being in love.
7/24/03 - The First Lady Mary Oberst made a waffle breakfast for us. We ate in the formal dining room where political people meet for dinners.
7/23/03 - I had a slumber party at the Governor's Mansion. I was able to invite 6 of my friends. We took sleeping bags and went to the Governor's Mansion on Wednesday evening. We played pool and talked with the Governor for a while. We all got invitations to the wedding of Patrick and Slush, my stuffed dogs.
7/22/03 - We went to the Royal Lipizzaner Stallions show in Salem. The horses were beautiful and amazing! My sister, cousin and a friend also went with me. After the show, one of the riders named Tony came and sat with me and we talked about riding our horses.
7/21/03 - I went on a shopping spree at Walmart. I got a Tetrus game for my Gameboy and a Barbie laptop computer. I'm having fun playing with this stuff.
7/19/03 - I went to a barbecue at my Aunt Debbie's House. Daddy and Mama Katie were there. I sat with Daddy and played my Gameboy while everybody else ate lots of food.
7/18/03 - I had another shopping spree at Toys r Us. I got a Super Mario World game for my Gameboy, a Hamtaro Playhouse and a My Little Pony Celebration Castle. I still couldn't walk and I was sad that I got sick and had to miss my friend Victoria's birthday party. I really wanted to go to that.
7/18/03 - I went to look at our new house my Mama Loni is buying. It is in West Salem and it has a creek in the front yard and lots of trees in the back yard. It's a really big house. I gave my ok to buy the house and I think we'll like it a lot.
7/17/03 - I had a shopping spree at Fred Meyers today. I got a Hamtaro game for my Gameboy and a Barbie Pose Me Kitty. I wasn't feeling good and couldn't walk far, so I had to use my wheelchair, but maybe I can walk again soon.
7/17/03 - There was an article about me in the East Oregonian newspaper today. We're putting it on my media page.
7/16/03 - I met the hospice nurse today. Her name is Dorene and she is very nice.
7/15/03 - I got out of the hospital today. Yay! But, I am still weak and not feeling too good. We'll be getting more photos online in the next few days, and I'll answer some of my e-mails as soon as I can.
7/14/03 - Monday came and went and I didn't get to go home today.
7/13/03 - Governor Kulongoski and Senator Metsger visited me at the hospital today. It was nice to see them.
7/11/03 - Today was a better day. I wasn't in so much pain, and I was told I may be able to go home on Monday.
7/10/03 - I had surgery today to place a feeding tube in my stomach. Yuck.
7/10/03 - Senator Metsger visited me today, but I was on pain medicine and really sleepy. He drew the best picture of a horse that he could and I have it hanging on my wall.
7/9/03 - Governor Kulongoski visited me at the hospital today. It was nice seeing him again. We talked about me having a slumber party at the Governor's Mansion. That is going to be so cool!
7/8/03 - I got bad news today. The scans I had done yesterday show that my left lung is totally blocked by tumor and fluid on the lung. I am only using my right lung now. I also have Osteosarcoma in my right lung, both of my wrists, both shoulders, one elbow and probably in my right hip. The doctors told me there is no chance for a cure. I was asked if I want chemotherapy to try to slow down the cancer growth. I told them no, because I don't want to lose my hair again, and be so sick. I have been told that I have a few more weeks to live. I just want to have fun and be with my family and friends as much as I can until that time. One good thing that happened today is I went to the hospital gift shop and got some really cool toys. I'm still having as much fun as I can.
7/7/03 - I had CT scans and bone scans done today. I felt a little better today during the day, but I had a bad night.
7/6/03 - I went to see Peter Pan, a children's theater production, in Portland, Oregon. My friend Betty Dominguez took me there. I got a day pass out of the hospital so I could go there. I wasn't feeling real well, but I did enjoy the play and I got to meet the performers backstage, after the show.
7/4/03 - I missed the Molalla Buckeroo Rodeo and fireworks display because I'm in the hospital. Today, I had some crazy rides in the wheelchair. They put a feeding tube through my nose. That was really painful and I hope I can get it taken out. We tried to watch fireworks from the hospital window, but I wasn't feeling very well so I just went back to bed.
7/3/03 - I went to the Doernbecher Hospital Emergency Room today. I have lost my appetite. Food doesn't sound good any more. When I did eat, I threw up, so that made my diabetes impossible to control. I was admitted into Doernbecher Hospital. I'm not sure how long I'll be here.
7/2/03 - I went for a doctor visit at Doernbecher Hospital today. I had been having pain in my left wrist and we found out it is broken, probably from more cancer. They put a splint on it. They want to see me back next week for more scans.
7/1/03 - Happy Birthday to Me! I had my birthday party at the Governor's Mansion. There were about 60 or 70 people there, including a pianist who played my "Codi Bug" song, Mother Goose and of course, the Governor and his wife. Governor Ted introduced me to his cute new dog Hershey. We had lots of food, cake and ice cream. There were party games and more birthday presents than I've ever even seen before. My Mama Loni says it was the party of the year in Salem, Oregon!
6/27/03 - I went to the mall with Loni Nicole and my friend Hanna today. Mama Loni and Sara were there, but they let us go shopping alone. It was my first time hanging out at the mall. Shopping is fun!
6/26/03 - My friends visited. DeLinda from Waldport, Oregon and Diyoneshia from Las Vegas came to see me today. We went out for lunch, then to the Riverfront Carousel and to the Salem Saddle Club. It was a fun day.
6/24/03 - I went to the Gilbert Discovery Village today. Mrs. Friedrich, the counselor at my school picked me up and took me there, with her 2 daughters. We also went to the movie theater and saw Bruce Almighty.
6/19/03 - The Governor has invited me to his home (The Governor's Mansion which is also called Mahonia Hall) on my birthday. I'm excited about seeing him again and I wonder what will happen that day.
6/18/03 - I went to Shriners Hospital for a prosthetic adjustment. The new prosthetic feels much better now, but I guess it will take some getting used to. While I was there, I had a lot of fun with Becky and Allison, playing pranks on everyone!
6/18/03 - I had a follow-up appointment at Doernbecher. The cancer in my lungs is still growing. We're consulting with Dr. Jaffe at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. They will be talking with my doctors here to see if they can find something to help me.
6/17/03 - My family went to Bullwinkles Family Fun Center. I rode the go-carts, the bumper boats and I played miniature golf. I also played video games and won tickets that I traded in for some cool prizes. That was a fun day!
6/15/03 - I took my daddy out for Fathers Day. We went to a Thai restaurant. That is his favorite food. I didn't think I'd like it, but I did and I want to go back sometime. I've learned to use chopsticks really well. After lunch, we went to one of my favorite places - the Carousel! Daddy and me rode the carousel several times. See the updated photos.
6/14/03 - We received another report from the doctor, that GM-CSF will not work for me either. We'll start researching more and contacting the doctors on Monday, to see what we can learn about other options.
6/13 and 6/14/03 - Relay for Life was held at Chemeketa Community College. I was there for 24 hours, and I camped out in a tent at the track field. I was joined by Governor Ted Kulongoski for the Luminaria ceremony, and then he spent some time with me at my campsite. He is such a nice person, he brought me some presents that I really love. Our Kiwanis team raised a record amount this year. Everything went very well. During closing ceremonies, they presented a Codi Frazier Award, which will be awarded each year, to the most inspirational youth team at Relay for Life. See the updated photos.
6/13/03 - I appeared on the front page of the Statesman Journal. See my media page for the pictures and story.
6/12/03 - We received a report from my doctor and found out that the Radio Frequency Ablation will not work for me. They are still researching the GM-CSF to see if it might help slow down my cancer. I hope it does, because I'm having symptoms of cancer now. We've been reviewing everything with the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. We're also having a consultation with Dr. Jaffe at MD Anderson Hospital in Houston, to see if he knows of any new cancer treatments that might help me.
6/12/03 - I went to see Finding Nemo with my Aunt Debbie, Aunt Lori and Cousin Rachel. It was a really fun movie!
6/12/03 - I went to a rehearsal for the Relay for Life today. We practiced my speech. I'm not used to talking in front of a lot of people, but we'll see how I do.
6/11/03 - I attended the American Cancer Society Golf Tournament at McNary Golf Course in Keizer. Brian Holt and I teed off to start the tournament. I never hit a golf ball like that before, but when I hit it, it went whack and was gone, straight down the course!
6/10/03 - I attended 2 Kiwanis meetings today. The first was Salem Kiwanis at Noon and the second was the Kiwanis District 70 meeting at 6 pm.
6/10/03 - School's out for summer! We had field day at school today with lots of games, face painting and other fun stuff. I'm going to have lots of fun this summer, but I'll miss my teachers and friends.
6/5/03 - I was the speaker at Keizer Kiwanis today, with a little help from Mama Loni. We talked about my cancer, Doernbecher Hospital and the Relay for Life.
6/4/03 - We went to Bullwinkles Fun Center in Wilsonville, Oregon on the way home from the hospital. I had a great time there playing arcade games. I won a lot of tickets that I traded for toys. We had dinner there too and then we played miniature golf. I'm not a good golfer.
6/4/03 - We went at Doernbecher Childrens Hospital for tests and met with my doctor. We were told that there are no clinical trials available right now. The doctors are reviewing my CT scans to see if a new treatment called Radio Frequency Ablation might help me. They also believe it is possible that a drug called Granulocyte Macrophage Colony Stimulating Factor (GM-CSF) might help slow down the growth of my cancer.
6/4/03 - I got my new prosthetic leg today, from Shiners Hospital in Portland. I walk a lot better with it, but it is causing blisters, so I guess I'll have to get it adjusted.
6/3/03 - Governor Kulongoski accepted my invitation to Relay for Life! He is going to be there with me at the Luminaria Ceremony on Friday, June 13th at 10:00 pm.
6/3/03 - I attended the Salem Kiwanis Club, along with my Principal, Mrs. Satchjen, and Mama Loni.
6/1/03 - I spent time with my horse Lacey and groomed her. I also went to the Salem Saddle Club and rode Jake, using my new saddle.
5/31/03 - We went to Neskowin Beach at the Oregon Coast and we ate a yummy dinner at Mo's Restaurant.
5/28/03 - We went to the Riverfront Carousel, always one of my favorites!
5/25/03 - We had a family picnic at Spongs Landing, by the Willamette River in Keizer, Oregon. It is beautiful there and we all had a great time!
5/24/03 - We went to the Salem Rodeo today! That was a lot of fun. I got to ride on a rodeo horse afterward and I even rode on the mechanical bull. The pictures are online now. After the rodeo, we went and Mama Loni bought me a new saddle.
5/23/03 - We went to Doernbecher Hospital for a Depsipeptide progress report today and found out that the treatment is not working for me. We are going to be looking for another clinical trial or other treatment that might be effective.
5/22/03 - I attended the Keizer Rotary Club meeting. My Mama Loni and Mrs. Sachtjen, my school Principal went with me. Mama Loni and I talked to them at their meeting and then I was surprised when every one of them voted for me to be an honorary Rotary Club member. The Rotary Club has been very generous, supporting me by providing money for a family vacation when I get a break in my cancer treatments.
5/21/03 - We added a Cancer News Service to my website. It is updated every 15 minutes. Click Here to check it out.
5/20/03 - I had a CT Scan at Doernbecher Hospital to find out what is happening with the tumor in my chest. We will update the website as soon as we know the results.
5/20/03 - I went to Shriners Childrens Hospital for a new prosthetic leg. They are really nice and they are even making sure they hurry to get it ready for me. I will be getting the new leg on June 4th. I already walked in it and it is much better than the one I have now, which I've outgrown and has broken several times.
5/19/03 - Today was graduation from Mother Oaks Child. We built bark rafts and decorated them with flowers, pine branches, cones and candles. I built my bark raft to honor my mother who died in 2002. I then lit the candle on the raft and sent it downstream in Mill Creek. It felt good to do something to remember my mother, who I miss very much.
5/19/03 - I met with the Kiwanis Doernbecher Childrens Cancer Program Board. I introduced myself so they could see who was going to be featured in the new fundraising film about their efforts to raise money for Doernbecher.
5/18/03 - Mama Loni and I spent the night with our friend Betty at her house in Portland. She has a house by the boat docks. We saw a mother duck and her ducklings that had just hatched. We got in the jacuzzi and that was very nice.
5/18/03 - I was invited to the Woodburn Dragstrip by Capitol Auto Group Racing Team. be an honorary crew member. My name was on the Capitol Auto Group dragster which is driven by Rich Bailey. My name was also on several other race cars, including the Pony Express Jet Car. The Jet Cars are really loud, and really fast! I was also invited to join the crew of Kim Parker's Mercedes Shoppe dragster as they went to retrieve the dragster at the end of its race. Kim was really excited when we got there. She said it was her fastest time ever and I was her good luck charm!
5/17/03 - I was in the Keizer Iris Festival Parade, riding on the American Cancer Society float. We had a great time and Mama Loni got pictures. They are online now on my photos page.
5/15/03 - We got my Codi Bug song online today! Click here to listen to it now.
5/13/03 - Today was another Depsipeptide treatment at Doernbecher Childrens Hospital. It was a very long 11 hour day. My blood tests are looking good so far and I'm not having any side effects from the drugs.
5/10/03 - I had a great weekend at the Oregon Coast. We went to the Oregon Coast Museum and the Undersea Garden in Newport. We stayed overnight in a luxury condominium at Siletz Bay, in Lincoln City, Oregon. Saturday was a little cold, but Sunday was warm and I was able to spend time on the beach. Check out my photos. It was a great weekend!
5/9/03 - I went to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) today. This is one of my very favorite places to go. We saw the Omni Max film about the Coral Reefs today, went through the exhibits and toured the submarine.
5/8/03 - I was interviewed by the Statesman Journal Newspaper today.
5/7/03 - I had a great day today! I went to the State Capitol in Salem, Oregon. I was Senator Frazier for the day! I chaired a real Senate Informational meeting for the Transportation and Economic Development Committee. I then went and met with Governor Ted Kulongoski. He is a really nice guy and I enjoyed meeting him. Then I went and pounded the gavel to start the actual Senate Meeting. Later, I ate lunch in the Senate Members Lounge with the other Senators, but Mama Loni had to go downstairs and eat in the Cafe, because she isn't a Senator. After all this, I went and had a press conference in the Capitol Press Room. It was on Channel 8 News and is being reported in the Statesman Journal Newspaper.
5/6/03 - I had another Depsipeptide treatment today. There was some good news. My blood counts are good. I haven't been getting sick from the drugs.
5/4/03 - We went to a motorcycle poker run today. Mama Loni rode her Yamaha and got a cool plaque. I had fun watching all the motorcycles.
5/3/03 - We had fun in Disneyland! I got to meet with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in private! I ate dinner in Goofy's Kitchen three times. I got a Cinderella's Castle playhouse and a really nice Princess jacket, and a lot of other fun stuff. I got to pick out our rental car. I picked a bright yellow Mustang convertible that we drove around in, with the top down. Thank you Make A Wish!
4/30/03 - We're headed to Disneyland - Yay! I'll write more when I return.
4/29/03 - Today was the first day of the Depsipeptide treatments. It went pretty well, but it was a long day. We had to spend 11 hours at the hospital for testing and everything.
4/28/03 - Today is testing at Doernbecher Childrens Hospital, all day long. They will be doing an ECG and a bone scan, and some other stuff to check everything out before the drug testing program begins.
4/27/03 - We started off the day with Church in the morning and we went to the Salem Saddle Club. Then we had a Make a Wish pizza party later in the day for my "send-off" to Disneyland. The pizza was yummy!
4/26/03 - I begin testing on Monday for the Depsipeptide experimental cancer drug program. I have appointments at Doernbecher Childrens Hospital on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to begin the treatments. I'll update this as soon as I can.
4/25/03 - Thanks everyone who turned out at Town and Country Lanes today. There were a lot of people who came out and bowled. We all had a great time!
4/24/03 - I hope to see you at Town
& Country Lanes tomorrow between 10 am and 5 pm. If you
see me there, please say hi!
4/23/03 - My Guestbook is online. I'm already getting messages!
4/23/03 - Make a Wish Foundation approved my trip to Disneyland! We're headed for the Magical Kingdom on April 30th!
4/22/03 - I received a CD with my recorded song "Codi Bug" from Songs of Life. I really, really like it!
4/21/03 - My site is online. We've been talking about and planning my website for a long time. Now it's a reality!
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