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SANGER (CBSDFW.COM) – This past March CBS 11 News introduced you to Kodi Tutt, a six-year-old girl from Sanger who was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.
Doctors found a tumor the size of a football in her abdomen. Now, after seven months of chemotherapy and treatments, Kodi’s body is beginning to respond.
After weeks of morphine and IV drips, Kodi finally has her appetite back. “I didn’t know you liked donuts that much,” Kodi’s mother, Tracy Tutt, said to her smiling. “I like donuts a lot,” the little girl replied.
Kodi has a two-foot long strand of beads. Each bead represents some kind of cancer therapy she has received. “This is when they did a lot of picture tests,” Kodi said, pointing to a particular row of beads.
The football-sized tumor in Kodi’s abdomen is now gone, but the cancer is still in her bones and bone marrow.
Just last month Kodi finally started responding to a new type of chemotherapy, but she’s just tired of the treatments. “I don’t want to get another poke,” she said.
While taking a break from the treatments, Kodi goes on a short walk at the Ronald McDonald House in Fort Worth. That is where the little girl can finally relax and open up a little about the illness that has changed her life. “I wasn’t really feeling good. I got scared. I just don’t like cancer.”
Kodi is a star in Sanger. You can’t go anywhere in town without seeing banners and ribbons that support the Tutt family. The town even launched a
The small town launched a “Kick it, Kodi!” campaign and festival that helped the family raise $130,000.
Tracy is hoping to never spend a dime of the money. “If we don’t have to use it, we can put it towards a foundation where we can do research, fundraising and awareness and help other families that are newly diagnosed,” she said.
While Tracy stays strong for her daughter she is still a mother. “She’s [Kodi] amazing,” Tracy said shaking her head and holding back tears.
If the new chemotherapy keeps working, in December doctors will use Kodi’s stem cells to basically ‘reboot’ her immune system. The hope is her body will bounce back cancer free.
If you want to track Kodi’s progress as she goes through chemo, click here to check out the Facebook page set up by her family.