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8/19/03 - Longview

Longview Boy Is Honored Hero

For years the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has sponsored marathons around the nation. The money raised goes mainly to research.

Now for the first time the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are recruiting a team from east Texas to travel to a winter marathon. The team will walk or run in honor of a local hero who battled cancer.

Like most parents Danny and Judy Ausmus saved art and crafts their son made when he was little.

"You remember when you made this," says Judy Ausmus.

The crafts not only remind them of their baby boy, but also of the miracle that he's still with them. When Cody was just three years old he developed a fever and some pain in his hip and leg. After several tests a doctor delivered the news they couldn't believe. Cody had leukemia.

"I almost really got hysterical. Danny had to really calm me down because I was saying 'no, not my son. No not my son. My thought was, 'my son's not gonna die'," says Judy.

Over the next several months Cody went to children's hospital in Dallas for treatments. His little body responded. He's been in remission ever since.

"There's not a day goes by in any either one of our lives that we're not eternally grateful that Cody is still here, but it's also a constant reminder to us that so many others are out there battling the same fight," says Danny.

Although Cody doesn't remember every art project he made with volunteers at the hospital, he does remember the prayer his parents taught him and said with him each night.

"Now I lay me down to sleep I pray the lord my soul to keep. Let angels guard me through the night and wake me with the morning light," resites Cody.

To find out how you can participate in a marathon that benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society there will be three informational meetings. The first one is Tuesday at Parke-way fitness center in Longview. Then Wednesday night at the Tyler chamber of commerce. And Friday September 5th also at the Tyler chamber of commerce. All three meetings begin at 6:30.

Amy Tatum reporting.

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