Cancer survivor Cody O’Connor walks across the country to raise awareness about childhood cancer.
The 25-year-old started in New York City and is now halfway through Oklahoma City. The final destination is Santa Monica.
He was 14 years old when doctors diagnosed him with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer.
O’Connor was told he would never walk normally again.
“There was a lot of depression, anxiety and stress, knowing that I would never be able to do things I normally would,” O’Connor said.
However, he exceeds the odds and wants to show everyone that they can overcome difficult obstacles.
O’Connor said it took him about seven years to get up without a brace.
Now he is on his feet and traveling around the country to raise money for children battling cancer.
It’s a fundraiser that he wasn’t sure he could do when he was diagnosed, he said.
“We didn’t think we’d be coming home,” O’Connor said. “But now we are a thousand miles beyond that point.”
His route was originally about 3,000 miles, but he had to make a detour because of the snow in the mountains near Denver. Now it’s about 4,000 miles.
His buddy and supporter Connor Rose travels with him all the time and encourages him. He plans the route, edits videos, and makes sure O’Connor is healthy and drinking plenty of water.
He said the best part is that he can travel with his best friend for a great cause.
“He’s like an older brother to me,” Rose said. “Being able to make an impact on communities we pass through is really amazing.”
O’Connor’s next stop on the list is Dallas. They hope to reach their destination Santa Monica by 2022.
To follow or donate their journey, click here.