For many families, having a child fighting cancer can take its toll. With the help of one organization, one Eastern Kentucky boy got a 'dream day' to make things a little easier.
For 3-year-old Cody Bailey, it is a day of shopping and fun.
“To see Cody happy, after what he's been through, means the world to me,” said James Bailey, Cody’s father.
James and Betty Bailey say their son has been through a lot. Last December he was diagnosed with Wilm's tumor, a form of cancer affecting one of his kidneys. Cody is now cancer free, thanks to surgery and numerous chemo and radiation treatments.
“It's a blessing to get to, you know, get to see him, get to see him be up and active and being able to pick, you know, what he wants himself,” said Betty, his mother.
The baileys say the 74 trips back and forth to the Kentucky Children's Hospital for treatment were not easy. That is why the Lexington Dream Factory stepped in, giving Cody a dream day of shopping. They bought him clothes and toys, as a reward for his fight.
“Well, it's a great feeling, and it really helps out the kids and the families,” said Terry Hagan, Procurement Director for Lexington Dream Factory.
And the baileys say it is a great help.
“Really, it pleases me, after all, you know, he's been through and everything,” said his mom.
They say the support they have received is overwhelming and they are thankful for those who have touched their son's life.
“He makes my life. I mean, really if people would take time to enjoy them, kids are what makes the world,” said his dad.
He says being able to see his son smile means the world to him.
The baileys say Cody's fight will continue as he makes more trips to the doctor to monitor his health.