Make A Wish: 'By the way, your son has cancer'

EUGENE, Ore. - These days, it's hard to keep Cody Colton's feet on the ground.

The 9-year-old can easily go from his backyard tree to his table full of toys.

It's a far cry from the Cody of two years ago.

"He was losing weight. He was pale. He was sleepy all the time," his mom Bonnie Colton said. "He started getting these red bumps all over his body, and then he woke up one morning with a golf ball-sized lymph node underneath his arm."

Cody went to several local doctors, but no one had answers for her until the family sought help at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland.

"It's one of those calls you never want to get," Bonnie said. "You're sitting there and the phone rings and the doctor says, 'Oh, by the way, your son has cancer.'"

Cody immediately had three surgeries.

"It hurt a lot," he recalled.

He got chemo therapy over the course of weeks.

"All the needles being poked in me," he said.

And Cody celebrated a birthday in the hospital.

"I made a lot of friends at the hospital," he recalled, "but most of them passed away."

While Bonnie stayed with Cody in Portland, her husband stayed behind with their two girls. The separation was tough until a worker approached them with Make-A-Wish.

Cody wanted to go to Disney World because their last trip to the happiest place on earth was tough on him. He was already sick with the cancer on the family's trip and didn't know it.

So the family returned to the Magic Kingdom.

"It was real fun," his mother said. "It was the first time in two years we finally had a week where we finally felt like a family. We didn't have any worries, no stress. It was amazing."