This Make-A-Wish Teenager Went to the Gathering, Got a Lap Dance (NSFW)
[Editor's note: Daniel Hill and Drew Ailes covered the 2013 Gathering of the Juggalos in Cave-in-Rock, Illinois.]
Nate "Igor" Smith Cody Morin: Juggalo, Make-A-Wish recipient, not a gang member
Seventeen-year old Cody Morin has been sponsored by the Make-A-Wish foundation, and attended the Gathering while staying at a nearby cabin. That's where we meet with the young man, who has a congenital defect in his liver. His one wish is to meet the members of Insane Clown Posse, 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 self-respecting Juggalo, he's also psyched to see some titties.
With Cody is his mom, Darla Fletcher, a blonde woman in her 40s who is scheduled to go under the knife alongside Cody in about eight weeks. "No alcohol for me," she says with a laugh. 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, 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."
With the two of them are 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 17 year-old landscaper by trade, with an interest in underwater welding, a profession with a high mortality rate.
Nate "Igor" Smith Mimi Morin, Cody's sister
Alias rolls a blunt. "We're Gathering virgins," he says. "Hell, we're concert virgins. We've never been to a concert before."
The family is back at the cabin after spending a few hours at the festival so that Cody, who started feeling sick, can rest. Mimi is impatient -- Anybody Killa is scheduled to play in about 45 minutes -- but understanding. Cody is quiet; you can see in his face that he is concentrating on feeling well.