Kodi Brown is a normal, fun-loving, vivacious 10 year old from Killinchy whose hobbies include baking, shopping with her Mum Gemma and growing cacti.
Kodi is the granddaughter of Ned Massey from Comber, a close friend of mine for over 35 years.
In February 2018 Kodi suffered a seizure whilst playing at a friend’s house and she was rushed to the Ulster Hospital, Dundonald where it was discovered that Kodi had a swelling to her brain. She was given various antibiotics and, after a considerable stay, was discharged to home – but the seizures continued.
In June Kodi’s family was told that she had been diagnosed with glioblastoma – a particularly aggressive form of brain tumour. Her family was informed that the tumor was inoperable and Kodi was offered paliative care. The prognosis was 12 – 15 months.
Refusing to accept this the family learned of a clinic near Frankfurt that specialises in treating this type of tumor, with a pioneering, revolutionary form of immunology therapy. Kodi and her Mum have been at the clinic for approximately 5 weeks now and treatment has been on-going over that time. The clinic has allowed Gemma, Kodi’s Mum, to stay in a room in the clinic for however long Kodi’s treatment takes. Her Dad and younger brother, Blake, as well as her grandparents have joined her and are renting a nearby appartment. Kodi’s treatment is estimated to cost in the region of £150,000 and the family are desperately trying to fund this themselves but friends have have started a donation website: www.gofundme.com/kodiskrew.
In order to help, Louis and Anne Latimer and myself and a number of other friends are currently training to climb Ben Nevis in Scotland in September as a fund-raising venture for Kodi’s cause.
If you feel that you would like to support us in this effort, please either log onto the website or, alternatively, speak to Louis, Anne or myself.
Your prayers for both ourselves and Kodi and her family would also be valued.