This website is established to help support Cody Hatch in his fight against cancer. Your donations are gratefully accepted through this site.
On Wednesday April 23, 2014, Cody was practicing basketball with his team when he and one of his best friends collided. Cody was hit in the stomach which caused some internal bleeding. Cody immediately felt great pain, turned pail, was faint, and his vision went dark. He was taken to the emergency room where an ultrasound was done. They did not see anything in the ultrasound but fortunately decided to do a CAT scan as an extra precaution. The CAT scan showed a mass in Cody’s abdominal area. Cody was sent to Phoenix Children’s Hospital by ambulance.
The next day the trauma surgeon came in and let us know that the team of doctors had determined that the mass was hard and not soft. It was a tumor and we needed to do a PET scan the following day. The PET scan was performed and we waited for results which came the following day. The doctors found 7 masses.
By Wednesday afternoon we had the results of the biopsy: Metastatic Paraganglioma. Paraganglioma is an extremely rare cancer that our oncologist had never seen before in his many years at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. 1 in millions are diagnosed with paraganglioma and only 3% of those are malignant. Because it is so rare, there is not a treatment plan for it yet.
Cody is in good hands however, and in even better spirits. Please donate now through this official non profit foundation and help support Cody and his family. 100% of all donations will go directly to the medical expenses of Cody.
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