There's some good news about a Broadway actor whose near-death battle with COVID-19 has been a symbol of hope and the power of prayer.

Nick Cordero finally woke up after the virus put him in a coma more than six weeks ago. He was put on a ventilator and lost a leg and all the while hospital protocol prevented his wife from being at his side.

Cordero is a Tony actor, nominated for his performance in Broadway’s “Bullets Over Broadway” and more recently a starring role in “A Bronx Tale.”

While Cordero isn't talking yet, friends said he is responding to yes or no questions through his eyes.

One of his friends and fellow castmates has started a special fundraiser to help Cordero's family. Inspired by his sisters, who work on the front lines of pandemic, actor Ted Brunetti created special virus protection kits that can be purchased online.

All proceeds will go to help Cordeo and his wife Amanda pay for the substantial medical bills racked up from his treatment, and other COVID-19 related charities.  

To purchase one of these fundraiser kits, and help raise money for Cordero, you can head to