The Norman Transcript

Headlines

April 20, 2014

Cody’s Run raises $14,000

NORMAN — Cody Ponder’s positive attitude was infectious even while he struggled with esophageal cancer. He always worked to help others and his giving spirit inspired a 5k race to benefit struggling patients. Last year Cody’s family organized a run in his honor in Ardmore. Cody lost his battle against cancer this past November, but his friends and family once again put together the second annual Cody’s Run to remember Cody and his hope that his experiences would inform the larger fight to eradicate cancer.

The sanctioned 5k race and 1 mile fun walk went around the University of Oklahoma’s main campus, beginning near the Oklahoma Memorial Union.  The event was sponsored by Cleveland Area Rapid Transit.

All proceeds from this year’s run will go directly to the Cody Ponder Emergency Endowment Fund, established through the University of Oklahoma Foundation to benefit patients at OU’s Stephenson Cancer Center. The fund provides small grants administered by professional social workers to patients who experience unanticipated financial emergencies that might interrupt treatment.

“Students wrote a letter asking for an endowment in Cody’s name because of the impact he had on everyone,” Johnnie-Margaret McConnell, Cody’s wife, said. “Cody was always about bettering the lives of others.”

Cody went to the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma for treatment because he found its research teams and medical staff were

supportive and accessible and provided quality care,

McConnell said.

“The care we received at the Stephenson Cancer Center was amazing. The staff was with us every step of the way.”

The fundraiser’s goal was to match last year’s number of participants, which was around 300, McConnell said. The night before Saturday’s run, three hundred twenty three had registered.

“Our goal was to raise $10,000 and we’ve already raised over $14,000,” McConnell said. “The fund should kick into action soon and begin to help patients.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Fracking Operation Norman library to host community dialogue about fracking

    Are Oklahoma oil companies an oligarchy that is controlling state policy? Is fracking safe? These and other topics will be the subject of an upcoming Fracking Forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Norman Public Library’s Lowry Room, 225 ...

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Information scarce on ‘dark money’ group in Oklahoma superintendent campaign

    An independent expenditure group that paid for television advertisements opposing State Superintendent Janet Barresi in last month’s primary has not filed required spending reports with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission....

    July 24, 2014

  • Medical examiner says inmate died of an accidental drug overdose

    The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday said a woman found dead in the Cleveland County jail Feb. 23 died of a drug overdose....

    July 24, 2014

  • Ride CART fare free on Ozone Alert Day

    Environmental officials have declared today as an Ozone Alert Day. Passengers ride fare free on Cleveland Area Rapid Transit on Ozone Alert Days....

    July 24, 2014

  • Board votes to delay plan

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s State Board of Education voted on Wednesday for a second time to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal from three education groups that ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Arizona inmate dies two hours after execution begins

    PHOENIX — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S....

    July 24, 2014

  • Man injured in motorcycle wreck ID’d

    Norman police identified a man transported to Norman Regional Hospital’s emergency room after a two-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a car Wednesday....

    July 24, 2014

  • Wine, Organ and Compline at St. Thomas More

    St. Thomas More University Parish, 100 Stinson St., is hosting the Wine, Organ and Compline at 7 p.m. today. The series will begin with a wine and cheese gathering in the atrium, followed by an organ recital presented by guest organist ...

    July 24, 2014

  • 48 dead after Taiwan plane crash

    TAIPEI, Taiwan — Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying to the small Taiwanese island today where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48. There were 10 survivors, and authorities were ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following persons were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Kenneth Leo Turk, 64, aggravated count of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol · Kelly Revonn Turner, 21, ...

    July 24, 2014