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If You Can Help
Submitted By charlene on Saturday, February 14, 2015
A member of our  Clipper family could use a little help this Family Day.  Please take a few moments to read the following email from the coach of our Peewee AE team, Don Shaw.  If you can help in some small way, Don has indicated a website where you can go to make a donation.  If you'd prefer, you can drop off a cheque at the Hockey Office over the next few days and we'll ensure the money gets into the right hands. Cheques can be made payable to WSMHA with a note on the memo line:  “For Cody”    

 

 

From: D Shaw
Date: February 12, 2015 at 7:36:03 PM EST
Subject: IMPORTANT UPDATE information on Coach Peters Family !!!! 

Evening Parents / Players

 

 

I am typing this e-mail with a very heavy heart. Holding back tears as I see my best friends son in pain daily. Coach Pete continues to come to hockey and not take any time off and continues to teach these fine young men on our team all the while his son is in Incredible pain. Peter and Mel are very proud family and don't like asking for help! This is where friends and FAMILY come in to help out.

 

 

Most of you are not aware that coach Pete and his wife Mel have two beautiful children Britney 25 and Cody 21. Pete and Mel's son Cody has a rare type of Rheumatoid arthritis and was first diagnosed at the age of 10.        

 

 

(As per Melodies Facebook post)

 

After a life time of strength and courage and several surgeries, we have come to a cross road with Ontario Healthcare and are finding ourselves in desperate need to travel to Baltimore for treatment.

 

Cody has been through a titanium jaw and chin replacement, a left wrist fusion leaving him with no movement in wrist, most recently his ankles both being attacked by his disease.
He courageously battled a two year period awaiting his jaw surgery in bed, we fought the government to receive the surgery in two years instead of four as we were watching him slip away.
We are now faced with the fear of fusing his ankles and him losing the ability to move them, so we are forced to travel to save our son from a wheel chair.
We have had so much love, prayers and help along our road and are so very thankful!
We are asking for help to get him to the best hospital in the world John Hopkin's in Baltimore.

 

 

As a member of our TEAM / FAMILY coach Pete and his family need all the help they can get to get Cody to see Doctors in Baltimore.

 

Please go onto  http://www.gofundme.com and search under medical and search for Cody's Courage -Rheumatoid Journey. 

 

 

If you are able to donate that would be awesome , If you cant that is fine too , but please pass this onto as many people / Business's that may be able to help the Cody and his family out. Also please go on facebook and see the post by Melodie Monica Hughes or visit my facebook and share with as many people as we can. In Just over 24hrs they have raised over $1700 for the journey to Baltimore. The first initial visit will run in access of over $5,000 for travel , lodging and to see the TEAM of Doctors at John Hopkins

 

 

Peter and I have been friends for over 30+ years and him and Mel would do anything for anyone , they always are the first to help when someone needs a bed or place to stay or a meal. They are truly the most thoughtful family I have the privilege of calling my friends and I consider them my FAMILY. I have tried to talk Cody into posting a video explaining his diagnosis but he is just too shy.

 

 

2009 - 1st Jaw surgery

 

2011 - Jaw surgery ( Titanium Jaw replacement )

 

2013 - Wrist fusion

 

2015 - Doctors want to fuse both his ankles as they are riddled with arthritis in 9 joints. This would put Cody in a Wheelchair for the rest of his life. 

 

 

Please let me know if there are any suggestions or ideas to help coach Pete and his family out in any way.

 

 

Thanks

 

Don Shaw

 

 

 
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