Sheriff's deputy gets cancer-free diagnosis

Sgt. Cody Keith

Friends and family of Cody Keith are in celebration mode. 

Keith, a sergeant with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office, was declared cancer free about a week ago following a PET scan, according to his mom, Kim Sykes.

Days later the family received an email from the doctor saying there is no longer any evidence of cancer, and he will see Cody for a follow-up visit at the end of October. 

“This was like a thousand pounds lifted off my shoulders,” Kim said. “It’s been a very difficult few months. There have been lots of ups and downs. For a while I started to doubt God, but people kept telling me that’s not the answer.” 

She said during Cody’s rigorous treatment fornasopharyngeal carcinoma, a rare form of head and neck cancer that starts in the upper part of the throat behind the nose, he never complained. 

“He never once asked ‘Why me?’” Kim said. “And he never said ‘if’ I beat cancer, but ‘when’ I beat cancer.” 

Cody plans to return to work on a part-time basis soon. 

“It’s a glorious day,” Kim said. “We are praising God.”