This incredible Make-A-Wish teenager went to the Gathering of the Juggalos, got a lap dance

Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes are covering the annual Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois for our sister publication, The Riverfront Times.

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Cody Morin, juggalo and Make-A-Wish recipient.

We first heard about seventeen-year old Cody Morin on our way in to Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, site of the fourteenth-annual Gathering of the Juggalos. After hours spent driving through Southern Illinois we stopped at a restaurant/visitor's lodge in the park to ask for directions, where we learned that there was a kid from the Make-A-Wish foundation staying at a cabin that she rented out to visitors.

After a quick phone call to the family, we went out to the cabin and met with the young man, who has a congenital defect in his liver that prevents it from producing one of the enzymes required to do its job properly. His one wish was to meet the members of ICP, his favorite band, and he has traveled over 26 hours from Vermont to make his dream a reality.

See also: Full coverage of the Gathering of the Juggalos 2013

Cody's a pretty quiet kid, but like any teenager and self-respecting Juggalo, he's also psyched to see some titties.

With Cody was his mom, Darla Fletcher, a blond woman in her forties who is scheduled to go under the knife alongside Cody in about eight weeks. "No alcohol for me," she laughed. She will be donating a piece of her liver to her son, who is not eligible for a liver from a deceased donor. "They say he's not sick enough," she says, rolling her eyes. This despite the fact that he has had over ten surgeries in the last year.

"They cut him open and sent him home with a tube sticking out of his stomach." she goes on to say. "And now I have to give him all of these shots. I'm not a doctor, but I had to figure this stuff out."

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Mimi Morin, Cody's sister.

With the two of them were Cody's sister, Mimi Morin, and his best friend Alias Foster. "He's my brother," Cody explains. "We are really close." Alias is a fresh-faced seventeen year-old landscaper by trade, with an interest in underwater welding. "The mortality rate is really high with that profession though," he says. Alias rolls a blunt and explains to us that this is the first time any of them have ever been to a concert.

"We're Gathering virgins. Hell, we're concert virgins. We've never been to a concert before." Darla then chimes in with a laugh, "Well, I have."

The family is back to the cabin after spending a few hours at the festival so that Cody, who started feeling sick, can rest. Mimi is impatient but understanding -- Anybody Killa is scheduled to play in about 45 minutes, and she want to make sure to get back in time. Cody is quiet; you can see in his face that he is concentrating on feeling well.

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Alias, sitting in Cody's wheelchair. Of course.

On the subject of Cody's illness, Alias speaks with the kind of unintentional callousness that only a teenager is capable of. "It's kind of a blessing in disguise," he says, "because otherwise we wouldn't have gotten to do this."

"I'm glad you're having fun," Cody shoots back with a look.

Keep reading for more of Cody's experience at the Gathering of the Juggalos


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12 comments
davidgville
davidgville

Derogatory comments like these are what perpetuates the Juggalo culture. These kids are often down and out impoverished youth who have been told by the rest of the world they are trash, useless, pathetic etc... Then a movement comes along that says "Hey, you might be an outcast but we respect and admire you for that. Your differences are what makes you special and we consider you family". I don't consider myself a Juggalo, but I know a lot of people who are and they are some of the most decent and awesome human beings you will ever meet. Perhaps they like to do things that seem absurd or participate in activities that aren't in their own best interests, but they aren't hurting anyone. I was at a hippie music festival and people were throwing trash everywhere and I saw a kid in an ICP shirt picking up all those supposedly spiritually aware people's litter. So what if given any one thing in the world to do this nake a wish kid wanted to do this, who exactly are any of you to decide what is appropriate when it comes to making a sick kid happy?? Go ahead and hold judgement over people based on their lifestyle choices or outward appearance, but until a Juggalo has personally done you or someone you know harm than you are simply an making assumptive judgement, which makes actually makes you the prejudiced, bigoted, ignorant, pathetic trash. 

Morey Ekholm
Morey Ekholm

What lame story, and he got a lap dance too, can't stand Juggalos

Kevin Foy
Kevin Foy

Juggalos have mind aids. This is the first terminal case I've seen though. Fascinating

Tammera Ellis Alexander
Tammera Ellis Alexander

Therapist asked "What would you like me to know about your families' culture?" Parent, "We are down with the Clown, you know"....

Ellen Zuckerman
Ellen Zuckerman

True that! I personally don't like ICP or the Juggalos crowds, but I don't see anything wrong with this...he's an otherwise typical teenager who has a life-threatening disease--Make-A-Wish--he's not a little boy who wants a pony ride or a trip to Disney. If this is really something he wanted to do with his family, why not?

Fitz Greg
Fitz Greg

lmao Westword is in love with the Juggalos. And why the F did this Make-A-Wish kid want to go here out of any other place he could have picked? smh

Gaylon Lee Vickers
Gaylon Lee Vickers

I understand the Make A Wish Foundation's aim. But, do you know what the Juggalos do? It's sort of rude.

Josh Court
Josh Court

Concert tickets, some cheeseburgers and a lap dance? Fuck I have seen worse wishes, carry on.

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