Crandall Boy Finishes Best Friend’s Donation Project

By Andrea Lucia, CBS 11

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Cody Struck and Tre Vinson became friends in the first grade. “We were really good friends from the start,” said Cody. It didn’t seem to matter Tre was often sick.  But by second grade, cancer took over.

“I didn’t really know much about it, until the nurse explained it to me,” said Cody.

At the age of seven, Tre died from neuroblastoma.

“It was the worst feeling in the world, knowing that your best friend is gone,” Cody said. It was then he became determined to finish a project the two boys had started in class at Crandall Elementary School. “He made it his goal that year, to fill up a 5 gallon jug with change,” said Kaycee Struck, his mother. Cody filled that entire jug with donation for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The next year, he made it overflow.

He even put together a video with Tre’s story and played it a school assembly, inspiring classmates to raise money too.

“That year the school tripled the amount of money it had ever raised for this Pennies for Patients program,”  Struck said.

Now 12-years-old, Cody has started his own organization, Crandall Cares for Cancer, putting together fundraisers and charity golf tournaments. He also forged a bond with Tre’s two older brothers.

“I think anybody in the world of any age would be lucky to have a friend like Cody, just one friend like Cody in their lifetime,” said 16-year-old Kane Vinson.

Cody’s family says his organization has already raised more than $23,000 and he has a goal of raising another $12,000 this year.

“It makes you look at yourself and check your priorities and see what’s most important to you,” Struck said.

For Cody, there is just one priority: Putting a stop to the cancer that claimed his best friend.

“I’m hoping one day they find a cure for it – and nobody ever has to go through it again,” he said.

His next fundraiser will be a concert at 7:30 p.m. April 15 at the Crandall Cotton Gin Restaurant. Admission is $5 per person. His third annual Crandall Cares for Cancer golf tournament is April 30 at the Eastern Hills Country Club in Garland.

More details can be found at: Crandall Cares For Cancer


One Comment

  1. J Bertoglio says:

    My wife and I have had the privilege of playing in Cody’s tournament each of the last 2 years and have really enjoyed getting to know him. He’s an amazing young man but an even better human being and his selfless and tireless efforts to combat this deadly disease are beyond commendable. We can’t wait for the tourney this month; both for a great day of golf and friends and also to get to hang out with Cody.

  2. Seth Ramey says:

    I was lucky enough to meet Cody last year at his 2nd annual golf tournament. After getting to know him more in the last year I can honestly say I’ve never met someone, of any age, that has inspired me so much. While most kids his age are playing video games, Cody is out not only raising money to fight this deadly disease, but blossoming into a community leader who anyone would be proud to support. Please come out and play in the 3rd annual C3 Crandall Cares 4 Cancer Golf Tournament. It’ll be worth every penny!!

  3. Ginger T. says:

    It makes me very happy that channel 11 news took the time to come to Cody’s house and interview him about what he is doing for cancer. However, I found the story that aired last night to be extremely short with not a lot of information about Cody’s fund raisers, ex. The Cotton Gin this Friday night @7:30 or the golf tournament on April 30th in Garland. What happen to all these details? I know these thing are mention in the story above but happen to talking about them on the news for everyone to see so that anyone that wants to help would know about these things. I’m grateful and disappointed all at the same time. Cody goes to school with my daughter and I think he deserved more time to be heard and helped. Cody is a GREAT kid!!!

  4. Brandi says:

    I just wanted to say thank you to channel 11 for showing what an amazing kid Cody is. It’s so good to see him get recognized for the great things he is doing. I can’t tell you how pleased we were with the story on him. It’s great to see something positive and uplifting on the news amidst all the negative that gets reported. Thank you channel 11 and all that made it possible!

  5. Kaycee says:

    Thank y so much to chnnel 11 for coming out to interview Cody. He is so passionate about sharing his mission to find a cure for cancer. Thank you so much for helping him to honor his best friend Tre`s memory! Hopefully since you aired his story, more teams will sign up to play in his C3 golf tourney and raise lots $$ for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society!

  6. Ginger T says:

    The second story that I saw about Cody was so much better than the first and for that I’m VERY happy. We had a great time at the Cotton Gin Friday night and I hope Cody was able to raies a lot of money for his friend.

  7. unknown says:

    i know Cody, like personaly. and Cody is a great kid! he goes to my school and is exellent! im glad to be helping cody! anyone would be lucky to have Cody as a friend! im glad that i know cody! he is an amazing kid!!

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