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Cancer survivor Cody O’Connor, 25, a 2014 Lakota West High School graduate, plans to walk 3,000 miles to raise money for his non-profit that assists cancer patients and their families. When you have been diagnosed, battled and beaten cancer, you look at life through a different lens. So as Cody O’Connor, 25, who was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma 11 years ago, contemplates his upcoming trek across America, he breaks it down to walking three miles a day. For 1,000 days. “Who can’t do that?” he asked. Go ahead and raise your hand. O’Connor, a 2014 Lakota West High School graduate, is out to prove the doctors wrong and demonstrate the importance of never giving up while raising funds for pediatric cancer patients through his non-profit. “Never walk normal again,” O’Connor said he was told by doctors after his right fibula was removed. “I know first-hand how a family’s dreams can get shattered. It’s important to consistently show hope and light.” This 3,000-mile “Walk for Hope” kicks off June 17 in New York City with stops scheduled in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Louisville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Topeka, Denver, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and ends in Los Angeles. “This will test me mentally and physically,” said O’Connor, who hopes to average 22 miles a day. To prepare for walking 3,000 miles, O’Connor has trained with West Chester-native and retired mixed martial arts champion Rich Franklin, 46, whom he met through a mutual acquaintance last year. O’Connor, a license […]