The year was January 20, 2021. Jodie Cox was an beauty therapist from Ketley visited A&E for complaints from back pain. Within 18 hours of being released by IBS medication for relief, Jodie was completely paralysed from waist to toes.
All by herself, because of Covid restrictions the 27-year-old girl received the shocking announcement that she wasn’t just fighting the aggressive cancer of her bones however, she was also told that she’d never be able to walk again.
Her husband Luke Kaleta, 28, stated: “It all happened very quickly. She contacted me via FaceTime as well as my mother to inform us about the tumor, and we were not able to contact her the remainder of the day because she was taken to the hospital for surgery. It was an incredibly challenging experience.”
Because of her paralysis Jodie is in need of 24/7 treatment. After her diagnose, Luke has given up his position as a contractor to take care of Jodie’s needs.
The in-laws of Jodie’s are fundraising to help her help her regain independence as she is adjusting to her new life.
The family is hoping that the funds collected will be used to pay for the cost of physiotherapy, wheelchair adaptations as well as access to spinal specialist for injuries to the spinal cord who aren’t covered through the NHS.
Jodie’s father-in law, Phil Kaleta and friend, Neil Weston, will kick off fundraising efforts by completing an astonishing 182-mile trek in only 24 hours.
“Jodie’s Adventure” will comprise of a 130-mile bicycle ride and two marathons that are back-to-back covering three hospitals: Manchester, Oswestry and Birmingham hospitals that taken care of Jodie and will end in The Wrens Nest in Ketley on the 9th of October for a day of fundraising.
Natalie Kaleta, Jodie’s mother-in-law and Jodie’s mother-in-law, wrote on the page for their fundraising: “Throughout this battle Jodie has demonstrated more compassion for her loved ones rather than herself. When she was faced with the choice to surrender, she decided the fight to live her best life.
“The number of hurts, challenges, and trauma is just too overwhelming to be able to comprehend, and even explain. Please consider donating to help our lovely, inspiring Jodie make the most out of the life she has to receive.”
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