Cody D's Run

T.J. Ison walks with aid of a cane as he takes big steps in the 5th annual Cody D’s Run, Walk and Roll 5K event. Walking with Ison to cheer him on are, from left, Ronny Cox, grandfather; Cole Ison, brother; and Rhonda Cox, aunt.

One year ago, T.J. Ison was in a wheelchair when he participated in Cody D’s Run, Walk and Roll, an event that raises money for brain injury awareness. He was also named one of the beneficiaries of the event.

Last Saturday, at the 5th annual Cody D’s Run, held at Mary Virginia Crites Hannan Park, there was no wheelchair. Ison did away with his wheelchair and, with the aid of cane in his left hand, the 20 year-old managed to walk in the event. No, Ison didn’t walk a 5K or even half of one, but the steps he made were more than enough to cross the finish line on his own.

“It was great,” said Ison. “A big walk.”

In May, 2017 Ison suffered a brain injury according to his aunt, Rhonda Park. “The school day had ended at Teays Valley High School and T.J. was driving home when he knew something wasn’t right,” said Park. “T.J. turned around and drove back to the school.” T.J. had suffered a major brain hemorrhage. “He was 17 and just two weeks away from his 18th birthday when it happened,” Park said. Ison spent four months in Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

“He’s made major strides,” she said, “and had a lot of miracles along the road.” Park said Ison was in a wheelchair for a little more than a year and has been walking with a cane for a few months. “He’s now waiting on a bioness that will provide electrical currents to help his right leg with mobility.

Cody D’s Run, Walk and Roll 5K is heldin memory of 4-year-old Cody D. Stewart whole passed away in 2015 due to a traumatic brain injury, that was the result of a car accident that he and his mother, Carrie Stewart were involved in. Sunny Noble, event coordinator, said this year’s event had 150 participants who helped raise $10,500. “Rob Hall, Tonja Romine and Coby Seyfang are this year’s beneficiaries and each of them will receive $3,300,” Noble said.

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