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The Foster Family

Carrying forward Cody’s legacy

Our Foundation

The Cody project was founded by the Foster family in memory of their son Cody. Cody left us far too early, but he has left a lasting impression on his family and has inspired many to come together and support children throughout the community. It is our belief that every child deserves a life of happiness, and we wish to help provide that opportunity when we can.

Our foundation provides a wide variety of services for any cause that we can support. We cater our support to whatever fits the situation. We annually hold charity and fundraising events. We donate proceeds to various charities like our own. And one of our favorite things is to provide that single special request for a child or family.

MEET THE
FOSTERS
CODY’S
STORY
CODY’S
FRIENDS

Board Members

Russ and Sandy

Russ & Sandy Foster
Founders

Russ spent two decades working for the Boeing Company and another decade at The Pokémon Company International as the Senior Production Director. The Foster family started The Cody Project to make a difference in the life of a child like the little boy who was almost theirs. “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.”

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.”

Colin Palmer

Colin Palmer

Seattle native and Garfield High School graduate Colin Palmer is a close friend and colleague of Cody Project’s founder, Russ Foster. Colin brings over two decades of corporate leadership to the foundation. Colin currently works at the Pokémon Company International, where he serves as Vice President of Marketing and Licensing for the kids’ entertainment franchise. Inspired by Cody’s story, Colin joined the foundation to make a positive impact on kids’ lives and inspire others to do the same.

Gregg Picard

Gregg Picard

Gregg is originally from Philadelphia and attended the University of Maryland. He has lived and studied abroad in Munich Germany and Naples Italy. He relocated to Seattle in 1989 with his wife and 4 children. Gregg currently serves as Senior Business Program Manager at Microsoft. Gregg and his wife Cathie are the parents of Coltin Picard, adopted from Russia in 1999. Coltin is severely impacted by Autism. Gregg devotes additional time to other nonprofits and enjoys crossfit, camping and American football.

Amy Shigo

Amy Shigo

Amy joined The Pokémon Company International’s marketing team as the promotions manager in 2015. Originally from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Amy spent 15 years producing for ESPN, the National Hockey League and Oxygen Sports. A longtime supporter of organizations and foundations that work toward providing comfort and care to those in need, Amy is honored to help raise awareness and funds for the Cody Project.

Amy Shigo

Russell Bensen

Russell was born and raised in the heart of New York City. He still loves and misses his NY Pizza, is a big Boston Celtics fan and makes the best Italian food in Seattle. He is currently the Facilities Manager for The Pokémon Company International and has been with Pokémon for over 10 years. Russell and his wife Cathy went thru a tough time when a dear friend of theirs daughter Mikayla passed away in 2013 from AML. Helping with the Cody Project to help kids like Mikayla and helping organize charity events is truly inspiring.

Amy Shigo

Patrick Kwan

Mr. Kwan’s unique perspective as a business owner and lawyer allows him to better identify, advise, and solve business and personal issues for his clients. Mr. Kwan is also general counsel to several closely held local companies and often advises them in business matters. Mr. Kwan’s hobbies include coaching little league, cooking, sports, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Marco Garcia

Marco Garcia

Marco has spent the last 15 years in Seattle, and has found himself on many mountain sides and nature trails. He spent 10 years working in Radiation Oncology, preparing and delivering radiation treatments for cancer patients at Overlake Hospital, Harrison Medical Center, and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. For the last 2 years, he has shifted his focus to Web Design, and is responsible for the Cody Project’s online presence.