LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – “It was almost like something you see on a movie,” Kelly Dorman said.
It was a moment that left the Dorman family speechless. Their son, Cody, did something they rarely see – show emotion.
The trigger? Cody met a foal in 2018.
“As far as actually hearing him laugh out loud – we’ve only seen those times maybe I can count on one hand, and he did it that day,” Dorman said.
And Cody did it again a year later after battling depression during the height of the pandemic.
Cody was born with Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects many parts of his body.
Dorman said Cody’s had thousands of seizures and dozens of surgeries in his short 15-years, but he said Cody is nothing short of a miracle. His doctors told the family he would only live for two years.
“He’s got a fight to him that you just gotta see it to believe it,” Dorman said.
Cody met the foal as part of Make-A-Wish’s annual Keeneland Day.
He was chosen to visit Godolphin stables, and the connection Cody and the foal made was so moving that the farm named him Cody’s Wish.
“I was surprised, shocked, beyond honored,” Dorman said.
“I think it really means something, not just to the wish child, but also to the farm’s, and it gives them a memory that will last a lifetime,” Faith Hacker, Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana’s Senior Advancement Officer said.
Godolphin’s Charity Coordinator, Katie LaMonica, agrees.
She said her heart was warmed after hearing the news.
“Cody and Cody’s Wish have a strong connection and hopefully just journey together and they can continue to push each other and lift each other up,” LaMonica said.
It’s something Cody’s Wish will need because in a few weeks he will take to the racetrack again.
He’s in New York right now training. Cody’s Wish came in third place a few weeks ago.
“The horse reminded me of Cody’s life,” Dorman said. “He finished third, but he didn’t quit.”
And Cody said he’ll be there for Cody’s Wish, like he was for him, no matter what.
“Cody’s Wish, don’t ever give up,” Cody said, using his tablet that speaks for him. “I will be rooting for you no matter how you finish the race.”
The Dorman family says Make-A-Wish changed their lives, and Cody fundraises for the organization every chance he gets.
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