The CODY MICHAEL BOUCHARD FUND
The CODY MICHAEL BOUCHARD FUND is extremely proud to announce that the I RIDE 4 CODY is now morphing into the I RUN 4 CODY.
We were contacted by Tanya Narang, a mother of a young swimmer from Senneville pool where Cody was a lifeguard. Tanya is a runner and had planned to run the Half Marathon in the Ottawa Marathon this year. She had the great idea that her and some friends would like to raise money for the CMBFUND and VOBOC, all while running the marathon.
We thought this was a great idea and the I RUN 4 CODY was started. Since this years Ottawa marathon is a virtual event, meaning you can register for the marathon and run it anytime from May 1st to May 30th, runners are able to register and collect donations while running in their own towns.
The amount of interest we have had is overwhelming. VOBOC has registered and become an official charity on the Ottawa marathon website. The I RUN 4 CODY is the official team name of everyone who wants to raise monies and register their teams.
We have had many people asking if they can create their own runs in their own towns and we are so happy about this!!! We ask that everyone register for the Ottawa marathon through their site and then register under the I RUN 4 CODY banner.
Tanya has agreed to take point on any questions you may have about registering your team into the Ottawa marathon. The I RUN 4 CODY team will be here to support your team on our facebook page and we will be there when you run!!! You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
CMBFund.org FACEBOOK – https://www.facebook.com/cmbfund.org
Ottawa Race Weekend 2021 will mark the second year in which runners of all ages and abilities will take to the streets, paths, trails, and treadmills to participate in Canada’s largest virtual running event! In 2020, participants raised $419,141 for local charities! An incredible feat considering the circumstances in 2020.
On May 22nd, 2019 Cody was diagnosed with aggressive cancer called Osteo Ewing Sarcoma which developed out of his left rib.
Cody’s chemotherapy treatments were going to be very aggressive as his Cancer was quite advanced. His treatments consisted of the following. One week was an 8 hours chemo session and then 2 weeks later Cody would have to be admitted to the Jewish General Hospital to undergo six straight days of chemo. His tumor was so large and close to his heart that the doctors wanted to do this intense treatment for 5 months to shrink the tumor as much as possible before going into his surgery on November 6th, 2019.
Cody was determined to fight this ugly disease. Cody as you all know quickly won over the hearts of the doctors and nurses and all the staff at the hospital. Cody had that charm that everyone fell in love with. They were amazed when he would ask to be taking off the iv so he could go do a 5 km run and then come back to be hooked up again. Cody was determined to live his life like it was the same. While receiving his treatments he never stopped working out, going to work as a lifeguard or attending his classes at John Abbott College as he was entering his third year in the Business program which he loved so much.
Cody was so disciplined when it came to the things he wanted to do that there wasn’t a doubt he couldn’t beat his cancer. He got this from all the hard training he did during his swimming, football, and rugby career. One of Cody’s biggest achievements was being a National Swimmer and was ranked 6th in all of Canada for his breaststroke events and even his relay team was ranked 1st. Cody had a passion for sports, he even started to fall in love with the game of golf as well.
November 6th, 2019 Cody underwent an 8-hour surgery at the Montreal General to have 4 of his ribs removed and half of his left lung along with the tumor. The surgery was a huge success. His doctor told him that he was cancer-free and that all he had to do was finish 4 more months of his chemo treatments and that he would live a long and healthy life. Everything was going well until we found out on December 12th that his cancer came back with a vengeance.
Unfortunately, after 9 long months of fighting Cody lost the battle on February 3rd, 2020. A month after Cody’s passing, we came across a note that he wrote to himself on December 13th, the day after being re-diagnosed with cancer. It was titled “The Things That You Wanna Live By After Cancer!”. Cody wanted to give back to others, he wanted to become a mentor to other sick teenagers, he talked about wanting to take care of his family and friends, who he loved so much and mostly he wanted to organize a fund in his name to help raise money for the causes he truly believed in. Cody wanted to make a difference and this fund that we have created is a promise from his Mom, Dad, and his brother Kyle that his legacy will live on.
True to our motto - "Fuck Cancer, no one fights alone"
Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts in supporting us and helping us fulfill Cody’s wishes. We are truly honored to have all your love and support.