Kevin Cordasco, 16, Dies Following Battle With Neuroblastoma

The young man was recently named honorary mayor of Calabasas for 2013.

Kevin Cordasco of Calabasas died Monday at the age of 16 following a long battle with neuroblastoma.

The Calabasas High junior, who had the cancer since the age of 9, went through multiple surgeries, bone marrow transplants, experimental drugs, chemo and radiation. He fought his way through many relapses with a positive spirit.

The Talbert Family Foundation, a non-profit that helped raise funds for his treatment, issued a statement Monday:

The Talbert Family Foundation and the Talbert Family are deeply saddened by the passing of Kevin Cordasco this morning. Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to the Cordasco family.

Calabasas Mayor Mary Sue Maurer also released a statement.

"Our community mourns the loss of a brave young hero who taught us how to live life to its fullest and be kind to one another," Maurer said. "Our thoughts and prayers go to his mother Melodie, his father Kevin, and his extraordinary brother Cade."

Kevin spoke often for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life and the St. Baldrick's Foundation from the age of 10.

Kevin's mantra was "Courage, Strength, Believe."

He was most recently named honorary mayor of Calabasas for 2013. During the ceremony at the Calabasas State of the City Address, Kevin said his dream was to change the world.

"I would have never expected over the past six years of my fight, I would have never expected to make this kind of impact on people, even though it is a big goal of mine," Kevin said. "I really feel like this is a big accomplishment for me because it is a symbol that I was able to bring the community together and make a difference in the world, which is what I would love to do everyday."

Donate to Kevin's Fund at The Talbert Family Foundation.

Watch a video above of Kevin talking about the honor above.

Thomas Samuel March 12, 2013 at 02:51 AM
Our thoughts, prayers and love go out to the Cordasco family. SAM ( India )
Catalina March 12, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Our prayers never stopped...we are deeply saddened. Our love, our thoughts are with your family; Kevin was a true inspiration to all of us, he is an angel! Always will be! The Fillipakis'
Cath Shaw March 12, 2013 at 05:05 AM
Kevin's grandmother, Shirley, is a good friend. She speaks often of Kevin and his fine family. It is with gratitude and pride that she shares Kevin's amazing stories, her pictures, links to videos, and more. He became famous because of the life he led and encouraged others to lead for themselves. Very rarely do we see such a leader at such a young age. It was a pleasure to have known him through Shirley, and followed his courageous journey from afar. --Catherine Shaw, Falls Church, Virginia
Joey Levin March 12, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Kevin and his wonderful family are a 'cut above'. I only had the pleasure of working with them at Calabasas H. S. for a very short time but was struck with Kevin's humor, strength, and courage. All my prayers and heartfelt sympathies to the Cordasco family..
Yevette Peterson March 12, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Kevin's family does not know me. I only knew of Kevin through friends from Relay For Life. Even though I never met him, stories of his immense strength of spirit, pictures of his serene face, have touched and inspired me. I want his family to know, that is how remarkable his reach was. Sending loving hugs and warm hugs, A Friend in Woodland Hills
debbie holdway March 12, 2013 at 04:52 PM
I feel that children and adults alike have been changed for the better having known Kevin! This community is saddened in a way that will likely continue to connect all of us in great ways! Thank you Cordasco family for encouraging us all to believe and fight! oxo Cade has a lot a new brothers and sisters!!
Martha Martinez March 12, 2013 at 06:16 PM
my sympathy for the Cordasco family. You raised a brave and lovable son. He will be miss but not forgotten. His courage and will to live has inspired many. I admire his beleive and his strong faith. My prayers for the family. Martha Martinez, Los Angeles CA
Sally Tuchman March 12, 2013 at 07:27 PM
I was lucky enough to be Kevin's 5th grade teacher and getting to know him and his family was a highlight of my challenging first year as a teacher. From his first diagnosis, throughout his brave battle, he and his amazing family showed their courage and strength. My thoughts are with them. Kevin is in all of our hearts and will never be forgotten!
terri hall March 12, 2013 at 08:57 PM
oh i was so upset to hear this terrible news today, melodie,kevin and cade i am soo sorry for this tremendous loss, i remember when kevin was born,how melodie would bring him in to the shop as a toddler,what a joy! you put up quite the fight,kevin,we were all pulling for you!!! you will be greatly missed by everyone who's life you have touched including mine, i will never forget you trying to teach me how to play guitar hero, i was so lame,you kicked my butt! love and prayers from Terri (sherri)
Jim O'Connor & Family March 12, 2013 at 09:23 PM
My prayers are for God's Peace to rest upon all of Kevin's loved ones.
Jacqueline Hadden March 12, 2013 at 10:50 PM
The memory that reminds me of Kevin's huge heart was when he was about 9 years old and our families were having dinner together at their house. My son and Cade were on a Soccer team together, and were running around like two young boys do. My daughter felt very left out and began to cry. Kevin noticed this immediately, and put his arm around her shoulder and said to her "You and me are like two peas in a pod"... Let's get away from these crazy kids! He put his little Maltise on her lap because he knew she loved dogs, then struck up a conversation, that although she was only four at the time, she could engage in. His level of compassion has always been very deep, and the way he was able to engage with anyone and immediately make them feel good was priceless. I feel so blessed by Kevin, Melody, Kevin and Cade. Kevin did make this world a better place, as the lives he touched are better because he was a part of them. My entire family is feeling so much pain for Kevin's family. Although he is finally pain free, I pray for his family that the pain of his absense will lessen with each passing day, and that the celebration of his life will fill them with joy.
Fred Gaines March 14, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Our entire City mourns. At the same time we are filled with the pride and inspiration that this great son of Calabasas has brought to our community. May god bless Kevin and his beautiful family. Fred Gaines Calabasas Mayor pro Tem
Melody Houston March 16, 2013 at 07:33 PM
I love this entire family, Daddy Kevin and I were best of friends at Pierce College..When you went to the Cordasco's home in Porter Ranch you were family and you were fed! I had the priviledge of knowing the Art.(lil Kevins grandfather.).. Artie's had the best pizza pie ever w/ Kev throwing the dough :).I am not surprized that an extraordinary family would be blessed with a young man who changed lives.I have never met Melodie or the beautiful children.Thank you for the christmas cards.I just moved back "home" I have never stopped praying for you,nor will I ever.When I moved back last year the first place I visited was Art in Chatsworth I love you Shirley and Kim,all ways-always,Melody
shirley cordasco March 30, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Thank you Melody, You were unforgetable also, your beautiful red hair...sorry I missed you ,I dont know if you were at the church services ,I would have loved to just hug you one more time...


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