We called 9-year-old Cody Alessi from Stuyvesant while he was in school to tell him he was the Hometown Hero for November and probably caught him off guard a bit but it was certainly worth it. Take a listen!

The staff at Ichabod Crane elementary school patched us right to the classroom and we interviewed Cody in front of his classmates.  It was every bit sweet and fun as you could imagine as this very bright and ambitious young man told us all about the efforts he makes to raise money for childhood cancer research and awareness.

Cody has created TAP Cancer Out and he hustles to raise money while competing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu tournaments. Over the last two years, he's raised 10's of thousands of dollars and continues to inspire other kids and grown-ups while doing his part to fight this dreaded disease.

Congratulations, Cody! You're the black belt of young men and we are honored to call you our Hometown Hero for the month of November.

Click here to see how you can nominate a hero for the month of November. County Waste has partnered with us to honor those in our communities who are truly making a difference. All throughout 2019, we are recognizing one "hero" per month based on their inspirational feats, work helping their neighbors and every day passion.