Growing up wealthy and healthy, at age 16, Milwaukee High School senior Cody Davis is one of only four students in the state of Wisconsin who are members of the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
The group is a non-profit group of cancer patients, health care providers, educators, and families whose mission is to advocate for patients through education, research and advocacy.
Davis is not only the youngest member of the group, but he’s also one of the youngest cancer patients to graduate from the school.
In high school, Davis was an Eagle Scout, a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and a member the football team.
He was an All-American football player and an All State linebacker.
Davis has an annual income of about $200,000 and a net worth of $1.4 million, according to a biography of him by USA Today.
His parents, Eric and Susan, raised Davis as they did the many other kids at their home in Milwaukee who had a chance to play football.
“My mom was the one who was going to make sure Cody got an opportunity to go to a school where he could play football,” Cody’s mom, Susan Davis, said.
“She was the biggest, strongest person, and she never backed down.
She always made sure he got a chance.”
Davis’ football dreams were dashed during his sophomore year of high school when he injured his knee in a fall.
Doctors diagnosed Davis with multiple myeloma, a cancer that affects bone marrow cells.
Doctors also told Davis that he would never walk again, but his mom kept telling him he was stronger than he thought.
Cody’s mother and father, who were both on the football coaching staff at Milwauski High, helped Cody’s family get treatment for their son’s cancer.
“They were there every step of the way,” Cody Davis said.
The Davis family has since raised more than $5.5 million through the American Legacy Foundation, a Wisconsin charity that works to provide health care for cancer patients and their families.
“Cody’s mom was so determined, and he would have a better life, if she had just given him the cancer treatment,” Cody said.
It was the start of a journey that led Cody to the American Family Cancer Society, which was founded in 1998 to help cancer patients in Wisconsin and around the country.
“We are really lucky to have a group like the American family, and it’s really helped us in our mission to help other families in our state,” Cody added.
After graduating from high school in 2019, Cody enrolled in a full-time degree program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“It’s an amazing experience,” Cody says.
“I was able to really experience a college education.
It’s a very different thing when you’re in college.”
As an Eagle Scouts member, Cody helped lead his team to a victory in the Wisconsin State Championship Game, a game against the University at Buffalo, in October 2019.
“One of the highlights of my life was winning that game, and we had a ton of support from all of our friends and family, who really stuck with us,” Cody remembers.
Cody went on to earn a master’s degree in sports administration and a bachelor’s degree, which he plans to transfer to a business school, before transferring to the University for a master of business administration degree.
He’s now pursuing a doctorate in family medicine.
Cody says he loves Wisconsin and is excited to be a part of the team’s mission.
“Wisconsin is one state that really, really has a lot of things going for it,” Cody explained.
You see it in the people who are living here, it’s so unique.”