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Cody Strong Benefit Game - December 28, 2017 at 7:00 PM

By Kevin Kamenski, 12/02/17, 8:00PM EST

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Coaches vs. Coaches game to benefit Pediatric Cancer

Jersey Colts Benefit Game

There will be a Coaches vs. Coaches Benefit game on Thursday,  December, 28, 2017 at 7:00 pm at Twin Oaks Arena in Morristown, NJ.

Will Cody was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on March 18, 2016. At the time he was `playing on the Colts Pee Wee AA team and was a 6th grader at St. Vincent Martyr School. Intense chemotherapy treatment was administered to Will for eight months and thankfully he achieved remission. Leukemia patients enter a phase of treatment called “maintenance” after the intense portion of treatment. During maintenance Will takes oral chemo pills daily and goes into the Valerie Center at Morristown Medical Center once a month for a spinal tap with chemo. The goal of maintenance is to eradicate any of the last remaining leukemia cells in his body. Will’s treatment will continue until July of 2019. During this time, we hope and pray that the leukemia stays in remission. Currently Will is an 8th grader at SVMS and is able to attend school most of the time. The chemo leaves him tired and he can often only complete half days, but he is happy to be getting back to a more normal lifestyle. The intense treatments also resulted in some significant physical side effects. Will suffers from avascular necrosis of the knees. Basically, the bone in his knees has begun to harden and die. This results in pain and stiffness and difficulty walking. In June 2017 Will underwent knee surgery on his right knee. The goal was to preserve the knee joint by drilling holes in the bone to promote blood flow to the area and hopefully generate new healthy bone around the dead bone. Unfortunately, Will is no longer able to participate in contact sports or any sports that puts stress on the knee joints. Will and his family have set up the Cody Strong for a Cure Foundation. This foundation will help to cover the mounting medical expenses and help to support organizations committed to researching and finding a cure for pediatric cancer.

All proceeds will go to the non-profit "Cody Strong for a Cure"