Dozens Sing “Mahna Mahna” for Iowa City Boy Battling Rare Cancer

By Addison Speck, Reporter

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Family, friends and even strangers are giving an Iowa City boy dozens of reasons to smile during a time that has been far from enjoyable. Doctors diagnosed 5-year-old Dashiell Codd with a rare pediatric liver cancer called hepatoblastoma back in March.

During his trips to hospitals across the country, Dashiell has found happiness in watching the catchy Muppet’s song called “Mahna Mahna”. In response, his mother created a Facebook page where people could post their own version of the song for Dashiell to watch. “I thought wouldn’t it be fun if I could get friends to do the song for us so he could see he’s not alone in it,” said Pamela Codd, Dashiell’s mother.

“We thought let’s focus on what makes him happy and let’s focus on being together and having a good time,” added Brian Codd, Dashiell’s father.

Dashiell is the youngest of three boys in the family. Pamela and Brian describe Dashiell as full of love, happiness, and a little shy. “He’s happy with who he is, he’s happy in his environment, and he loves his family very much,” said Pamela.

Around dinner time the family sits down to watch the “Mahna Mahna” videos posted to Dashiell’s page. “We posted it and it sort of took off,” said Brian.

After Dashiell was diagnosed, he went through various rounds of chemotherapy. It was then doctors discovered his body wasn’t really responding to the chemo treatment. The decision was then made to remove the tumor. “On his last day of his last treatment in Cincinnati, they found that he had recurrence and at that point they had tried so many different types of chemo that they thought a liver transplant was the next step,” said Pamela.

The transplant went great but on Dashiell’s next checkup they found recurrence again, this time in his lungs. Pamela said the decision was made to remove the tumor and the procedure went smooth. But about two weeks ago, additional tumors were found in his lungs. The family decided to intensify his chemo in hopes of taking care of it. “We’re hoping the new chemo protocol he’s trying will work. We are going back next week for some more scans to find out how his lungs look,” said Brian.

The Codd’s know they have a challenging future ahead but they are determined to enjoy all the good things life has to offer. “I don’t want any regrets and if we are happy every single second I will never regret being happy. But I will regret if I crawl under the couch and cry, there is just no time for that,” said Pamela.

Click here If you would like to view or post to Dashiell’s page.

WATCH: "Mahna Mahna"

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