The amazing expat community in Orihuela Costa is rallying round to help raise money for a little boy who was born with a number of life-changing defects. Cody Grennan is just 19 months old and is awaiting on-going surgery to correct a birth defect in his oesophagus. He was born in Torrevieja hospital to Mom Pinja and Dad Johnny, who is a well-known local entertainer.
The condition Cody was diagnosed with is called oesophageal atresia. He had his first surgery at 4 days old but it was later discovered that in addition, his trachea was nearly non-existent. This double defect is so rare that no-one else in Europe has it. During the first three months of his life Cody had three major operations and his fight to breathe goes on.
This little boy, needs the community’s help to survive, his parents need financial support to be able to pay bills, travel to medical appointments and to ensure Cody’s has everything he needs, which may include medical equipment or specialist care. Due to Covid19 only one parent is allowed in to see Cody at any one time and they are unable to stay at the hospital with him so the fact of the matter is that it is cheaper for them to do that 6 hour round trip from Cabo Roig, sometimes on a daily basis, than it is to stay in Valencia. They are heart-broken, stressed, tired, exhausted and worried about their little boy.
There are a number of fundraising initiatives that people are planning to raise much needed funds and organisers are asking locals to pull together. Spearheaded by The Irish Community in Orihuela Costa local bars, restaurants and businesses are asking people to join a ‘marathon’ effort and run, walk or bike as much of a 26 mile route as they can. The event will be held on 24th May and will start from La Fuente canal from 9am. Call into Evolution, La Fuente, to find out more details and register.
One such supporter is Andy Corbett from the Lansdowne, Playa Flamenca Commercial Centre who is planning to run a full marathon on the day. Andy will be joined by wife Laura who will be biking the route.
Andy said: “I met Johnny when we took over the Lansdowne and were sorting entertainment. When I heard about Cody I just wanted to do something to help. We’ve only had a few weeks to train but are determined to complete it.”
The couple are no strangers to helping the community having led the fundraising to buy a defibrillator for the commercial centre and organised food parcels during lockdown.
The Stray Sod is hosting a coffee morning on Saturday 1st May from 11am with proceeds going to Cody’s fund. Call Audrey on 711066651, tickets are 4e and there will be live music from The Maverick. There are also plans to hold an entertainment week, where each of the bars mentioned above and Ryan’s Bar will host a fun day of music for all the family.
People can also donate through the Go Fund Me page set up in Cody’s name.