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This memorial was created in the memory of Cody Cochran.  He was born on April 15, 1994 and passed away on February 12, 2006 in Louisville, Ky.  He attended Conway Middle and had just left behind his elementary days at Dixie Elementary.  He is deeply missed by not only myself, but by his dad, his brother, his grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins and many, many friends.

Cody was always a happy kid.  He was always friendly as this reflected with the number of kids who considered him a good friend.  He had a kind heart and would be that one friend to that kid nobody else wanted to be friends with.   He walked for the Juvenile Diabetes to raise money every year just to simply be doing it.  He always looked out for his younger brother Noah and never would let anyone pick on him, unless it was Cody doing the picking on of course.  They were extremely close.  Family often would say that for brothers they had a unique relationship.  They were more like best friends and you never seen one without the other.  

Cody had a love and passion for basketball that went back to his very young baby days.  Give him a basketball and he was happy.  He played for PRP youth league and loved the game.  He was a huge fan of the University of Louisville basketball team and watched every game he could.  His room was filled with U of L items and his most priced possession was an autographed dollar bill by Francisco Garcia and Taquan Dean.   When outside he normally had a basketball in hand and if stuck indoors usually had one there too.  I had to ban basketballs from the house because he would use his wall as a goal.  We also took many vacations and Cody's favorites included Gatlinburg and Florida. Cody loved Florida. He was an early swimmer and loved the water. Swimming pool, lake, ocean...didn't matter to him. He also had picked up fishing. Cody had a low tolerance for patience but give him a fishing pole and he could sit for hours on end.


Cody had so many qualities that made him unique that his character cannot be described here.  What I miss the most of Cody was his smile.  He had a smile that could light up a room.  I also miss his laugh.   Cody took on my sarcastic sense of humor and I was always surprised how he would crack me up as we were in the car and he would point out "funny" things to me.   Cody was never afraid to talk to me about anything or ask me anything.   He was so comfortable talking to me he would even get me to edit and proof read his "love" letters.   He knew I loved him and I know he loved me.  We were very close and shared many great moments and many deep private talks.

 February 12, 2006 the night of his death, was like any other Sunday at home.  I had just given him some new clothes that he was excited to wear and around 7:00 that night he was laughing and carrying on with his brother before he went into his room.  He was found 5 minutes later in his closet with his chin resting in a looped belt from a rod  with his feet planted on the ground.  First thought was he was playing a joke on us.  Sadly it was no joke.  He was pulled from the closet not breathing and although CPR was started immediately, we never got a response and he died at the hospital.  We later learned that Cody had been introduced to the "choking game"  and had recently been "playing" it prior to his death.  Cody had been playing alone in his room the night he was discovered unresponsive. 

Efforts to get local officials involved with help spreading awareness of this game has been an uphill battle.  Apparently they feel the topic is too controversial.  But, with the help of the internet our efforts seem to finally be paying off.  The CDC recently released their findings on a study they conducted regarding the dangers to this game, which means that the government has finally acknowledged this is a real danger across the country.  Please see below for more information and help us stop this deadly game!



 INFORMATION ON THE CHOKING GAME

Please visit the awareness website for detailed information that explains exactly what this game is about, statistics of death and injury, a victim's list (which Cody is included on), warning signs and prevention.  Just copy and paste the link below in your browser:

http://www.stop-the-choking-game.com/en/home.asp

Cody was also featured in The Weekly Reader in an article that covered the dangers of the "Choking Game".  If you would like to receive a copy via email, just contact me (see my name at top right hand corner of page).

Below is the link for the CDC study:

http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/2008/r080214.htm

Tributes and Condolences
...  / Jesse Ridgell (my bra bra )
Miss yu bra bra
I miss you   / Krystal Langnehs (Cousin)
It's been 8 years since you passed away. I miss you so much and I always think about you. I remember the time when you and Noah came over, you drank a bottle of bubbles and was burping bubbles the whole time you was at the house. I wish you was here....  Continue >>
Gone But Never Forgotten   / Kayla McIntosh (Friend)
I lay here at night thinking But not sure about what. I find my self looking threw the pictures of you wondering what it would be like if you was still here. How would middle school be finish if you was still here . How would our high school lives be...  Continue >>
Im sorry...   / Nellie Hayes (friend of brother )
I am so soory that this has happened to you. I cannot begin to understand the kind of sadness has to come with loosing a loved one. i did not know cody but i do know his younger brother noah and  he is probably one the sweetest nicest people tha...  Continue >>
Why you ,   / Kayla Marie McIntosh (Friend)
I lay here at night thinking But not sure about what. I find my self looking threw the pictures of you wondering what it would be like if you was still here. How would middle school be finish if you was still here . How would our high school lives be...  Continue >>
why you?  / Miranda Werner (friend)    Read >>
Why? / Heidi Schumaker Mother To Ronnie (Broussard)    Read >>
why? / Miranda Werner (Friend)    Read >>
tO COdY  / KElSY BARNEtt (fRiENd)    Read >>
i miss u and love u cody  / Elizabeth I. Love U. (best friends )    Read >>
still thankin bou u bra!  / Jesse Ridgell (freind)    Read >>
i MISS U  / JAYME HOFFMAN (Friend)    Read >>
I miss you  / Jayme Cody (Friend)    Read >>
came across your son's story  / Stacey Browning     Read >>
to my good friend cody  / Jon Cecil (good freind )    Read >>
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His legacy
Another spontaneous poem by Cody  

I am Cody
I wonder whether ****** likes me
I hear 30 people
I see dirty people
I want candy
I am Cody

I pretend nothing
I feel good
I shoot rubber bands
I worry about nothing
I don’t cry
I am Cody

I understand the rules of basketball
I say so
I dream that I’ll be a pro basketball player
I try to get the class to be quiet
I hope my uncle Jackie feels better
Because I am Cody

 


 

 


 

 

CODY'S POEM  

IF I WERE IN CHARGE OF THE WORLD
By:  Cody Cochran
February 8, 2006

If I were in charge of the world,
My family would take monthly vacations to Pigeon Forge, Tn and the Great Smoky Mountains.
We would go to Daytona Beach once a week and I would get scared like a cat is from a dog by riding the Jaws ride.
I would never hear my mom say, "Cody, come here and clean out the dishwasher."
I could talk on the phone for more than 30 minutes a day.

If I were in charge of the world,
Teachers wouldn't lose stuff students worked on.
There wouldn't be no language arts class.
There would be no more homework.
No literacy class, because it's boring.

If I were in charge of the world,
Every house in the neighborhood would have a basketball goal.
There would be no U of K fans (except the football fans because the football team can't win!)
There would be no drug dealers waiting at bus stops.

If I were in charge of the world,
My friends would all know each other.
No suicides, murders or fights.  
No more guns, pow-pow.
And all trees would be candy stores growing chocolate.

 
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