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Meet the Fosters

The Foster family—Russ, Sandy, and their daughters, Courtney and Megan—are Cody’s family. Following the death of their infant son, Russ and Sandy founded The CODY Project. “We wanted to have a positive impact on other families in similar circumstances by helping them with treatment, equipment, and therapy.”

Russ’s wife Sandy shares her husband’s desire to do more for families and sees the CODY Project as such an opportunity. “I am excited to see it come together after all the hard work everyone has put in and knowing it will benefit children,” she says. Stemming from her passion and love for her children, she is enthusiastic about keeping the whole family actively involved in The CODY Project. “It’s amazing to see the board of directors working together toward a goal of helping kids—it’s very rewarding. In the end, seeing our vision to have Cody’s legacy live on is very important to us.”

Russ and Sandy’s daughters—Courtney, age 20, and Megan, age 16—have equally strong feelings about The CODY Project. “Having the memory of my brother live on to help other children is inspiring,” says Courtney who is currently in college. The youngest Foster, Megan, was never able to meet Cody, but through her family’’s memories he has become a big part of her life just the same. “I want to change kids’ lives,” she says. “I’m glad to know the memory and story of my brother will live on and be told to others. It makes me smile to know such a good thing can come from such an incredible loss.”

Russ’s mother helped him establish the goals and ideals of The CODY Project. When she passed away, Russ was determined to finally bring the foundation to fruition. “She assured me if I told people about Cody, I could make a difference in their lives. So, I want to honor both her and Cody by doing just that.”

The entire Foster family is eager to see The CODY Project succeed—to make a difference in the life of children. “We miss Cody every day,” Russ says, “but his brief time with us was inspirational. Every child deserves a chance to smile. To make a difference in a child’s life is the most rewarding gift anyone could ask for. And I want to make that happen. Cody would smile if he was here to help me.”