Kids & Family

Kody's Homecoming Surprise

Kody Conley is a special young man who received a special surprise at a South Fayette football game. Guess who's going to homecoming?!


Even the smallest gesture can change a person's life. That's what happened to Kody Conley. He has Hemimegalencephaly, a very rare brain disorder. Seizures caused by the disorder have resulted in physical problems for Kody and he uses a wheelchair, but still attends South Fayette High School and has many friends there.

Kody's mother Kim reached out to Sparkt, asking us to celebrate what his classmates did to make him a star for the night at a recent South Fayette varsity football game. His friend Gillian asked him to accompany her to Homecoming -- on the field after game, while the people in the stands cheered.

You'll want to watch this magic moment:

"He is on cloud nine," said Kim about Kody's reaction when Gillian asked him to be her Homecoming date. While the football team often interacts with Kody -- he leads them onto the field each week -- even they weren't aware of what Gillian planned to do.

Kim says the surprise brought her son a moment of pure joy that he will never forget. Gillian's act allowed Kody to live in the moment and not dwell on a life of challenges that's included 40 surgeries. As Kim told Sparkt, "it takes one second to be kind to someone and they may remember that moment forever! Kindness is free."

Click here to find out how the dance unfolded for Kody and his date.

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