» A Trot and a Long Walk

Cody was so excited to become a registered organ, eye, and tissue donor that his mom, Valerie, took a picture of him with his license. Neither of them thought he would honor his decision to be a donor after being in a fatal accident later that day.

Gene Shimandle, the recipient of Cody’s heart, was so moved by his gift of life that he set his sights on finishing the Aurora Turkey Trot just six months after the transplant. But what Gene accomplished next to honor Cody and raise awareness for donation was remarkable.