Ohio pediatric cancer survivor walks across country to raise awareness

Cody O’Connor, 25, of Cincinnati, is an Ewing sarcoma survivor. He walks from New York to Los Angeles to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – After 10 years of being told he would never walk fully again, Cody O’Connor not only walks alone, but takes the challenge to the limit.

The 25-year-old Cincinnati resident is walking from New York City to Los Angeles.

He walked into Columbus on Saturday and stopped at Ohio Stadium, where Ohio State University police let him onto the field to celebrate how far he’s come.

“This field has been a dream-maker for many, many people,” O’Connor told 10TV. “I think it’s an important reminder through this Walk for Hope, it represents hope. It stands for keeping your dreams in your heart, chasing what others say you can’t do. This field represents all of that. This was an amazing, amazing experience and I am super grateful.”

When he arrived in Columbus, he was about 650 miles in his 3,000-mile journey. A path that started on June 17 in Times Square. The entire walk is expected to take four months.

O’Connor hopes to raise $300,000. He heads to Dayton and Cincinnati on Tuesday. A police escort will take him out of town.

To see his other stops and for more information, click here.

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