To the editor: Thanks so much to Mark Griffin for the beautiful article he did in The Press on our son, Cody Magrum.
It’s been an experience, but I'm glad my son will now have a normal life. Here is something I wrote to the people in our life – it kind of sums up our life through the years.
Twenty years ago, my oldest son Michael stepped on a wrestling mat for the first time.
On Saturday, my youngest son Cody walked off the mat – for the last time. Surgeries, broken bones, stitches, ringworm, doctors and hospitals are just part of the routine. Rubber suits, no food or liquid, and hours on the treadmill – Friday nights.
Countless hours driving state to state and endless days spent in gyms, all year long. Pedialyte, Gatorade and protein powder “treats.” Fargo, Virginia Beach and Orlando – family vacations.
Protective instinct, emotional stress, endless worry for a wrestler’s mom. Rivalries and wonderful new friendships are always being formed.
Overwhelming joy and pride, heartbreak and tears. Everything my boys gave of themselves, every moment of their lives made them the men they are now, and brought them to where they are today.
It would be easy to go back and do the "what if" game but we refuse to go there – we believe everything happens for a reason and we know that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better.
I am extremely proud of my sons and the life they have made for themselves and all the hard work, sacrifice and dedication they put into the sport they loved so very much. I do, however, look forward to the next chapter of our lives. I am grateful for everything wrestling has given us, the people it brought into our lives, and the life lessons it taught us. The prayers, best wishes, words of encouragement, cards, phone calls, newspaper clipping and photos were extremely kind and thoughtful and we appreciate that you would take the time to do that for us.
Gene and Sheri Magrum