This Incredible Make-A-Wish Teenager Went to the Gathering of the Juggalos, Got a Lap Dance (NSFW)

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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 was rented out to visitors. After a quick phone call to the family, we went 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.

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

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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.

The family has been granted by staff a spot on the grounds right by the main stage, where vehicles normally are not allowed to park. This is to make it possible for Cody to sit and be comfortable while watching the artists perform. They meet with ICP on day four of the festival, immediately following the group's 2 p.m. seminar at the seminar tent. We caught up with them after the meeting took place and asked how it went.

"It was awesome," Cody says, his eyes lighting up. "Violent Jay was so cool. He got us all lunch. He said 'I'm fat. Is anybody else hungry? Let's get some food up in here!' and sent a guy on a golf cart away to fetch a feast of burgers, Philly steaks and ribs for everyone to eat."

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Cody Morin and his mother, Darla.
"He was so nice, very open," Darla elaborates. She then leans in, speaking quietly. "Like, now I know that Violent Jay is constipated. He told us that."

While we are speaking, Jason Webber, Psychopathic Records' PR chief, pulls up in a golf cart. "Is everything okay here?" he asks, checking on the family. Constantly in motion, Webber has been seen running around like a chicken with his head cut off time and again at this festival, constantly juggling duties and always having two conversations at once (one in real life, one through the ever-chirping walkie-talkie affixed to his shirt).

"Everything is fine!" he is told.

We asked Cody if his experience here was everything he had hoped it would be.

Story continues on the next page. NSFW.


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doctorwhothetimelord
doctorwhothetimelord

I thought exhibiting the girl's naked crotch was a bit much. Okay, it happened, but why do we need graphic proof of someone miming sex acts with a minor? If it had been a 17 year old girl with a male if any age foist his naked body at her would we all be cavalier?  Double standards? 

Kathi Barnett- Bilbrey
Kathi Barnett- Bilbrey

This is the best story I have read in a long time..and how cool is this kids mom for driving from Vermont ? I says also kudos to the mom.

Amanda Carter
Amanda Carter

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

Daniel Hill
Daniel Hill

Ryan Sinz come with us next time! Something fascinating is happening at all times, in every direction you look. Shit's wild.

Aintree Capri Jones
Aintree Capri Jones

This was a great story...an to be honest it actually makes me wanna donate to the Make A Wish Foundation let's me see they are realist. Not every child want to shake Mickey Mouse big creepy hand(no offense Mickey Mouse)

Aaron Gershman
Aaron Gershman

No kidding. This may not be the most "PR-friendly" wish, but it's narcissistic to be judgmental of his choice; it's not about 'you', it's about Cody. And it sounds like Cody had a great time.

Riverfront Times
Riverfront Times

You'd be surprised how many people get up in arms about it. As if this kid shouldn't be able to have whatever the hell he wants for his wish. It is strange.

WiKiT
WiKiT

This is a Wonderful story, Some may not think so but honestly you have to think about the sick young Juggalo's wants and needs, He needs a new kidney and moms is going under the knife with him to help keep him alive and if its that last thing he does the last thing should be his happiest thing. Him making it to the gathering and meeting ICP and having Lunch with them is a dream come true and is no way wrong in any way that the make a wish foundation and or any of their member/members should be scolded because they helped a sick person's dream come true. God Bless Him and His Family, Much Clown Love Yall, to The Lo's The Lette's Him and His Family, The Reporter who wrote this article and most of all... The Haters, you know who you are, Im Out, WiKiT, Whoot!

dickTrickle
dickTrickle

Fuck you Anon, a make a wish kid can wish for what ever the fuck they want. My wish is for you do die Choking in a fire.

anon
anon

NO. This is not OK. 

anon
anon

NO. This is not OK. Make-a-Wish is for sending sick kids to Disney Land or Space Camp, not for using their money to let a 17 year old go hang out with a bunch of criminals, juvenile delinquents and half naked woman. Somebody at Make-a-Wish needs to loose their job over this.

anon
anon

NO. This is not OK. Make-a-Wish is for sending sick kids to Disney Land or Space Camp, not for using their money to let a 17 year old go hang out with a bunch of criminals, juvenile delinquents and half naked woman. Somebody at Make-a-Wish needs to loose their job over this.

mortyrashenbalm
mortyrashenbalm

Don't worry chief. Nobody is gonna mistake you for a Gang Member.

jacobs.gabrielle88
jacobs.gabrielle88

Who wrote this? I feel like it could have been a good, fairly interesting, story, if it wasn't so horrendously written. Better question I suppose should actually be, what kind of editors let this be published before at least fixing the grammar, incomplete thoughts, or run on sentences?

David J. McCutcheon
David J. McCutcheon

Oddly enjoying this juggalo coverage. It's like digitally visiting a weird zoo.

Jason Lash
Jason Lash

glad to see he had a good time! those jugalettes are such nice girls

Mchaze
Mchaze

You are just about as ignorant as they get

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