Codey is one of our own!

For: Codey Montecalvo
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The Story


Dear Friends of Weathervane and Codey Montecalvo,

One of our young actors at Weathervane, Cody Montecalvo, was diagnosed with cancer in September.  Codey is 12 years old and has been a part of our Weathervane family for years.  He has taken classes and volunteered for many productions including Seussical the Musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, ANNIE, HONK! and, of course, Joesph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  Weathervane has been the fortunate recipient of Codey's wit, charm and talent both on and off the stage.  


Codey started chemotherapy on September 17th.  He will remain in Children's Hospital until September 20th or 21st.  Codey's treatment plan includes chemotherapy every two weeks, with Codey hospitalized during the week he is having chemo and then home during the weeks he is not.  During his week at home he will go outpatient into Children's twice a week to get bloodwork done.  This will continue for approximately 11 weeks.  At that time it is hopeful that the tumor will have shrunk enough to be surgically removed and they will possibly give Codey radiation at that time.  Following surgery Codey will have another 22 weeks of chemotherapy to ensure that the cancer is not hiding anywhere.  This timeline is the perfect scenario but could change at any minute depending on how Codey's body is tolerating the chemotherapy.  Codey's parents, Judy and Steve will alternate days so that one of them is always with Codey and one can go to work.

If you can help us support Codey and his family through this difficult time, please make a donation to this site.  Thank you for your support!

PLEASE NOTE: This site does not charge a mandatory fee for fundraising, you can opt out.  We also have a donor willing to cover the PayPal translation fees.  100% of your donation will go to the Montecalvo family!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 12, 2014 by Weathervane Staff
Friends,

We just wanted to share a beautiful article that was written about Codey's return to Weathervane Theater as the Wizard in the Wizard of Oz!!

http://www.ohio.com/the330entertainment/theater-reviews/teen-cancer-survivor-back-on-stage-in-oz-1.507306#.U9E5HUxJApM.facebookThe play opens this weekend and is sure to be an outstanding performance!  Get your tickets soon if you plan to attend as I hear they are selling out quickly!  See the attachment for a great picture of Codey as the Wizard!

In a few weeks Codey will have his post chemo scans to ensure that all of the cancer is gone!  Continued prayers are appreciated as we await this time.  If all is clear then we will be able to schedule surgery to have Codey's port taken out.  He cannot wait to have that happen!

Hope everyone is enjoying the summer and we hope to see you at the Wizard of Oz!

Love,
The Montecalvos

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Weathervane Staff
Friends,

We sure hope everyone is enjoying the spring time weather!

We had a week of trips back and forth to the clinic - lots of low blood counts that led to several blood transfusions.  However, Codey was okay with this because it meant no admit to the hospital for his next chemo treatment, which means HOME for Easter!  So the new plan is admitted on Monday for his next five day round. His doctor promises (as much as she can!) that he will be out Friday by early afternoon so we can drive to Columbus for the State Destination Imagination Tournament!  As Codey put it...."Its a win/win Mom!  I get to be home for Easter and get to be with my team at States!"

I have attached a flier for the next Team Codey Fundraiser!  (Posted in the gallery) This time it is sponsored by Codey's Boy Scout Troop 155!  A chili cook off on Saturday May 10th at the Brandywine Bar in Peninsula!  Please see the flier for details and a huge thank you to Troop 155!

On behalf of my whole family - our gratitude to everyone's acts of kindness and hope!  We wish you a beautiful Easter weekend!

Love,
The Montecalvo Family

Posted on April 8, 2014 by Weathervane Staff
An update from the Montecalvo Family:

Friends, What an incredible event Codey had the privilege to attend Friday evening - A Prom toRemember!! A Prom to Remember is a very special night for teens ages 12 - 19 who are currently battling cancer or are cancer survivors! These kids are treated, at absolutely no cost to them whatsoever, to a truly special prom night - complete with dresses, tuxes, flowers, limos, dinner, and dancing at the Ritz Carlton in Cleveland! Just wait until you see the pictures - one look at Codey's smile will tell you how excited he and his friend Reyna were! There is also a great picture of Codey and Reyna in front of the selfie cam on the Akron Children's Hospital Facebook page and lots of pictures of the event on the A Prom to Remember Ohio Facebook page as well. We also want to send a huge shout out to ETC Heid School of Musical Arts! We attended their Spring Gala Sunday afternoon and were treating to an exceptional and moving performance! As a member of the Main Street Singers, Codey has had to miss the entire season due to his treatments. However, a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to Codey was presented as the Main Street Singers performed the song Spark, by Ed Sheeran (one of Codey's favorite artists!) in his honor! Thank you ETC for all of your support and look for them as a leading force in Codey's Relay for Life Team! Hopefully a quiet week this week and then the plan is back into the hospital next Wednesday for a five day treatment - looks like we may be hunting for Easter eggs in the hospital room! Enjoy the warmer weather and have a great week! We continue to appreciate all of your kind gestures and prayers! Love, The Montecalvos

Posted on March 31, 2014 by Weathervane Staff
An update from the Montecalvo family:

Good morning,

Hope all of you who were on Spring Break this last week had a wonderful break!  Ours was pretty uneventful (yeah!) although I am sure that Codey would tell you that last Friday was one of the best days ever!  The morning started with Codey and I going to Miller South to see the school's production of Les Miserables!  This was the first time Codey had been back to his school since he got sick and you would have thought he was a celebrity!  The warm and loving welcome he received was just amazing - if I only had a dollar for every time I heard "Codey!".  And a huge shout out to Wendy Duke and the drama students of Miller South - the play was absolutely astounding!  What talent and passion these middle school students possess!  And to be in an auditorium full of the rest of the students from the school (4th through 8th grade) who were sitting on the edge of their seats  the entire time was unbelievable!  Their appreciation of their classmates performance was amazing!  What a truly special place Miller South is!

I am not really sure how Codey made it through the rest of his day....from Miller South he then went on to play Lasar Tag with his Woodridge friends  and then later that night met up again with some Miller South friends to celebrate his friend Sarah's birthday!  I don't think the smile left his face the entire day! (picture in the gallery)

This week Codey is scheduled to go in Wednesday and Thursday for his fifth chemo round.  We are crossing our fingers that he will be feeling good by Friday to attend "A Prom to Remember" - a prom at the Ritz Carlton in Cleveland for all cancer patients ages 13 - 18 who have or are currently battling cancer.  Those will be some fun pictures to share of Codey and his friend Reyna dressed to the nines for this big night out!

We are all so grateful for the opportunities that have been given to Codey and the love and support we feel everyday!  I would like to ask for prayers for one of Codey's buddies from the 5th floor at Children's Hospital.  Please pray for eight year old Wilson Patterson who is fighting for his life against leukemia.  My family has been blessed to be the recipient of your prayers and I know the Patterson family could use them now as well.

Have a great week - I think spring is finally here!

Love,
The Montecalvos

Posted on March 17, 2014 by Weathervane Staff
An update, with a photo (in the gallery) from the Montecalvo family:

I just had to share this.... As many of you know, one of Codey's favorite acting roles has been in Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat. Well....Jayna Treen, music teacher at Woodridge Intermediate School, took it upon herself to make Codey his own handmade Technicolor Dreamcoat!! The coat was made from material donated by the staff and students of Woodridge Intermediate who continue to pray for Codey daily! What an incredibly heartfelt and meaningful gift! I cannot begin to tell you how touched Codey is by this gift - and as you can see by the attached pictures - he wears his coat of many colors very well! A huge thank you to Jayna Treen and all who contributed! Codey tried three times last week to go in for his next chemo round but was sent home each time because of low blood counts. We will try again tomorrow! Enjoy your day, The Montecalvos

Posted on March 11, 2014 by Weathervane Staff
An update from the Montecalvo Family:

Friends,

What a week!  The week started with Codey going in for routine blood counts check last Wednesday and ending up in ICU because of low blood pressure and a fever.  We had no idea how he was going to be able to get better in time for the doctors to release him to go to his DI tournament on Saturday.  Just proof again that prayers do work!  Codey was discharged around 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning and by 10:30 a.m. he was able to join his team at Hiram College for what proved to be an amazingly successful and rewarding day!  Codey's team, The Crop Dusters, placed 1st in their division and will be moving on to the state competition in April!  More importantly, was the awarding of a very special award, The Spirit of DI, awarded to a team who has shown incredible spirit!  Codey's teammates have embraced Codey - always making him feel a part of the team even when he wasn't able to be there!  A huge shout out to Codey's incredible teammates and friends - Kyle Grebb, Alex Imobersteg, Spencer Buzzelli, Reese Riffey, Ryan Miller, and Cooper Takacs.  We are so grateful to these boys and their families for giving Codey the opportunity to stay involved and just feel like a kid again!  Please see the attached picture of the winning team!

A possible two day admission this week for Codey if his counts are high enough. Hopefully we will all get a chance to get out and enjoy some of the sunshine this week!

Love,
The Montecalvos

Posted on February 3, 2014 by Weathervane Staff
An update from the Montecalvo Family:

Just a quick update, including an exciting event coming up next week!

First off I just want to let everyone know that Codey has done very well post surgery!  He handled his first round of chemo well and just today is starting to complain a little about mouth and throat pain.  Just in time for us to go back into the hospital tomorrow for round two which will last five days.  We are very hopeful that Codey will get out of the hospital Friday evening - just in time we hope to head to the airport to greet his grandparents from New York City!!  We are so thrilled to have Grandma Carol and Grandpa Robert spend the weekend with us!!

We would like to invite EVERYONE to a Team CodEy fundraiser at Marcelitas Restaurant in Hudson on Thursday, February 13th from 4:00 - 7:00.  There will be raffle baskets, a 50/50 drawing, and a very generous 10% of all food sales going towards Team CodEy and the American Cancer Society! (Thank you Beth and Kevin Killeen!)
God willing, Codey WILL be there to greet all of his supporters!!  Thank you to my sister Robbie, my niece Lindsey, and many friends for putting this event together!  Hudson staff - look for more details in your school email this week!

My eyes have certainly been opened to the depths that cancer strikes...in just the past two weeks I have learned of two co-workers who are battling cancer.  Please keep them in your prayers as well and continue to support the American Cancer Society so that someday there will be a cure.

Love,
The Montecalvo Family


Posted on January 15, 2014 by Weathervane Staff
Fantastic news from Codey's Family!  

Friends,

Dr. Patton came in today and gave us the best news ever!  They got the final test results back from the lab and all of the margins of the tumor they removed are cancer free!  Which means Codey will NOT have to do radiation!  So as soon as Codey remains fever free for a day or two we will start the consolidation stage of chemotherapy - could be as early as this week and no later than Monday.  Not sure if we will get a chance to go home before that or not.

Codey is slowly improving everyday - baby steps have never held so much meaning!  Yesterday he ate for the first time and today he walked to the end of the hall and back!

Codey says he is up for visitors as long as they know he won't be able to do much and that he might fall asleep during their visit!  So visitors are certainly welcome and would help break the monotony of some very long days.  One can only watch so much Law and Order! (I didn't realize that it is on all day long!)  Not a very uplifting choice....but at least Modern Family is on tonight!

So much appreciation for all that everyone is doing - meals, getting Angela where she needs to be, letting the dogs out, house cleaning, visits, phone calls and texts, and most of all your prayers and emotional support!

Love,
The Montecalvos

Posted on January 7, 2014 by Weathervane Staff
an update from Codey's Family:

Dear Friends,

Hope you are all staying warm and all of my teacher friends are enjoying the bonus two day extension of break!  I know I am!

Just a quick email to ask for prayers for Codey tomorrow morning during his surgery to remove his tumor.  Codey has had a great three weeks - he has felt great, eating like the Codey of old, getting stronger, and is very upbeat about his upcoming surgery!  So are we!

I would also like to share a couple of HUGE thank yous to the following - 

1) SGS TOOL - where Steve works.  Tom Haag, the owner of SGS, bought every single employee (over 200) a TEAM CODEY shirt and they all wore them to work last week!  Can you even imagine Steve's face when he saw this?!!!  Please enjoy the attached photo! (In the gallery)

2) Weathervane Theater and especially Sarah Bailey, Melanie Pepe and Lisa Mansfield, who organized and chaperoned an all night TEAM CODEY lock -in for Codey and over 40 of his very dear friends!  I am positive that this was the highlight of Codey's holidays.  I don't think he has stopped smiling since!  After four months of hospitals and chemotherapy, the timing could not have been better!  He will always have great memories of that night!  Codey did update his  Caring Bridge site and there is a great picture of him and some of his friends!  Be sure to click on photos to see all of the photos he has uploaded!

I will try to send out another email tomorrow afternoon once Codey is in his room.

We are so appreciative of everyone's support and prayers - thank you for keeping the prayers coming!

Love,
The Montecalvos

Posted on January 2, 2014 by Weathervane Staff
An update from Codey's Family:

Happy New Year my friends!  Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and we are wishing all of you a Happy New Year!

Codey has had a great week - he is past the chemo effects and his job right now is to get stronger before surgery which is tentatively set for January 8th.  All of his scans came out very positive - the tumor has significantly shrunk and there are no signs of cancer anywhere else in his body!  We are so thrilled at this news!

Codey would like to pass along a special event to all of his friends age 12 - 16!  Weathervane Theater is hosting a "lock in" in Codey's honor Friday, January 3rd!  Please see the attached flyer if interested.  Codey definitely feels well enough right now to attend and is so excited to be able to hang out with his friends! (well, as long as we get the doctor's approval, which we think we will!!!)  Codey is also open to visits from his friends during this week - just give me a call or email me to make sure we will be home!  And lastly, Codey updated his caringbridge site (www.caringbridge.org/visit/codeyscancerstory - not much but he did add a picture!

As 2013 ends and we reflect on all of the blessings in our lives, we think of each and every one of you!

Love,
The Montecalvo Family

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