Dear Friends and Family.
As most of you know our family story of mental health started 2 years ago April 3rd.
Our son Cody was admitted to hospital with depression and anxiety, sadly Codys life story came to an end when he completed suicide on October 20th 2017.
Cody was an amazing high Caliber Athlete, He played lacrosse as a young boy, then started wrestling in grade 9. By grade 12 Cody had many school medals including 2 OFSAA silvers, a National Silver a winter games Gold as well as Provincial Gold and Provincial Bronze which he aquired just 3 short months after he started wrestling. Cody had the honor of Wrestling for Team Canada at the PAN AM Championships in Columbia when he was in grade 10, Cody recived rookie of the year in grade 9, and graduated Grade 12 with MVP. Beyond Codys wrestling, he was an amazing brother, son and friend. He had a heart of gold, and the greatest smile that could light up a room.
When Cody went into the hospital that April, is when I searched out what I could do as a mother to help raise wareness for Mental Health, This is when I started participating in One Brave Night. Cody had mentioned that he felt his concussions played a part in his depression and anxiety..... if Participating in this great cause can find the reaserch for this possibilty, I will do my part.
As a mother my world has been crushed and changed forever, if participating in One Brave Night can prevent even just one family going through what our family has, then I feel we have help in doing our job.
Please help Airu Guelph, myself and our team reach our goal and generously donate to CAMH One Brave Night.
Love The Shepperd Family