Coleman Man Diagnosed to Die Defies Odds, Runs for City Council

Published 05/13 2014 10:12PM

Updated 05/13 2014 10:35PM

A Coleman man who was told by doctors that he would die due to his health conditions defied the odds and decided to run for city council.

Ronnie Cogdill, 66, was diagnosed with leukemia and was informed by doctors a little over a year ago that he was not expected to live within five months.

"Well I'm still here and still kicking," says Cogdill.

Previously, he underwent bypass surgery, received a heart stent, and dealt with poor lungs and liver. Now, he's able to breathe with the help of a humidifier that follows him wherever he goes.

"Right now I'm having a troubled time with my legs and moving around," adds Cogdill.

Still living, Cogdill pursued a goal he's wanted to accomplish for quite some time. He went to Coleman's city hall to apply to become a councilman.

"Today is nowhere where it used to be decades ago," says Cogdill. "I want to liven it up again like how it was when I moved 27 years ago."

Cogdill lost the election with 36 votes, 10% of the results. Despite the loss, Cogdill says he's glad he did and described it as an adventure. He's now focusing on his health, and possibly running for another race.

"I want to prove everyone wrong," Cogdill said. "I believe in Coleman and the people."

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