DOOMS, Va. (WHSV)-- He and his family are leaving the Valley so Cody can get the treatment he needs in California. But before they leave the community, his family hosted a benefit to help the family pay for medical expenses. It's the last of a number of community events.
People who didn't even know Cody wanted to help because they want him, and other kids like him, to have a chance at a normal life.
"Without the repair, his lifespan shortens significantly," said Renee Krieg, Cody's mom.
Renee is happy Cody is not in the hospital just yet. At nearly three years old, Cody needs a larger shunt put in his heart to close the hole. But, his pulmonary arteries also have to be developed enough for the next surgery.
"It's kind of scary because he's doing so well," said Renee Krieg.
The Kriegs will find out next week if a doctor in California can repair his heart. Thankfully, friends are pitching in to help.
"We know that it's going to be hard for his family to make ends meet having to go all the way to California," said Debbie Massie, one of the event organizers.
Friends lined up to get food, all to support Cody and his family. Massie is a family friend who saw our story on WHSV about Cody earlier this year.
She decided to help organize this benefit in Dooms.
"Everybody wants to do what they can to help Cody have a normal life, like all other children," said Massie.
"It's amazing, because everyone just comes out and does everything they can because they want to see him grow up," said Renee Krieg.
"I just feel like he was placed here, to show people what community can do, what God can do," said Renee Krieg.
"Not just put the children aside, because they need help, just as much as the adults do," said Massie.
Neighbors hope others will reach out to sick kids, and help their families when the time comes.
If you or someone you know has a similar condition to Cody Krieg's, check out the link to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital on the sidebar of this story. It just may save a life!