Kodiak Hunter William Roddick, also known as Kody passed away in his sleep Saturday morning November 2nd 2019 at his home in Woodland Park. Even though Kodiak was not ill, his body couldn't continue.
Kodiak was born in Modesto (CA) on October 18th 2008 and the first child of Jake and Cherish Roddick. Though Kodiak suffered from injuries while being delivered, including loss of oxygen resulting in brain damage and a collapsed lung in which he needed a respirator during his three week hospital stay in the NICU, Kodiak proved to be a fighter from the very start. When it was time to stop the respirator, Kodiak was ready to breathe on his own and even though he came home with a food pump because of lack of the ability to suck he proved he was ready for a bottle right before his first Christmas. He came home from the hospital with Hospice Care, but after three months of bottle feedings and sleeping through the night, he was graduated from Hospice Care.
Continuing to grow he was greeted with a brother (Tucker) in the spring of 2011 followed by (Sebastian) in the spring of 2012. Kodiak has enjoyed school since he was five years old and was always up for an adventure whether that was to the aquarium, the zoo, Disneyland or visiting family and friends. Kodiak's little brothers enjoyed reading books to him often and pushing his wheelchair no matter where the destination, always eager to help Kodiak understand what was going on around him.
Despite living close to friends and family in California, Kodiak continued to suffer from heavy congestion and wheeziness and despite being on many medications, most since birth, but limited to the pediatric medical specialists available to him, the family decided on a change for Kodiak's health. Finding a new home in Colorado that both gave Kodiak clean air but also close enough to many available pediatric medical specialists.
Kodiak really enjoyed being part of Woodland Park Middle School since march 2019 and picking his little brothers up at Gateway Elementary. Kodiak enjoyed visiting his uncle in Denver and his aunt in Sterling.
Thank you everyone for the love, kindness and support throughout Kodiaks's wonderful eleven years here on earth.
"Think of your child, then, not as dead, but as living;
not as a flower that has withered, but as one that is transplanted,
and touched by a Divine hand, is blooming in richer colors and
sweeter shades than those of earth."
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