Cody Green was an amazingly brave young boy who always admired the U.S. Marines. From a very young age he became fascinated with the Marines and their admirable bravery.
Cody was barley two years old when he was initially diagnosed with leukemia. When he reached the age of 12, he had beaten leukemia three times. The story of his strong fight against cancer circled and many marines became inspired by the young boy's many victories against the harsh disease.
The marines proudly made Cody an honorary marine.
Even though Cody had beaten cancer three times, the chemotherapy from his countless treatments broke down his immune system.
Young Cody passed away last weekend after a fungus attacked his brain.
The night he passed away, local Marine Mark Dolfini, stood guard outside of his hospital room throughout the entire night.
A close family friend, Keristen Ford, knew Cody well. She admits he was incredibly smart and determined and he never let his illness damper his spirits.
'He was very aware of his illness he knew exactly what medications he was on and what time he should have them,' Ms Ford said.
'He knew that by him knowing when he had to take his medications and what they were, his mom had to worry less. He was very worried about anyone losing sleep over him".
Cody's mother, Tracy Green, was constantly worried about Cody's condition in addition to caring for her four other children. Tracy was also one of the many that were seriously injured after a stage fell on a massive crowd at the Indiana State Fair. From this injury she had to get more than 30 staples in her skull and had steel rods placed in her legs.
As she went through recovery, Cody was amazingly caring for his mother. He would even help her wash her hair when she still had difficulty moving.
'When I started walking again after the incident, he was so worried about me, saying "you need to keep your feet up Mom! You have to watch your step,"' Mrs Green shared.
'He never complained, he never said "why me?" or "I don't want to do this".
A memorial service for Cody will be held at Carroll Elementary School this weekend. The Marines will be giving Cody a full military funeral, full with a color guard, tap, and 21-gun salute.
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