For several years, Metz has been battling pilocytic astrocytoma. Five years ago, he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in his spinal column. The tumor was near the base of his brain and required surgery. The recovery process has been a long-road – time was spent in a wheel-chair and he had to learn to walk and run again. He did so by working out everyday and using his favorite NBA team, the Minnesota Timberwolves, as motivation. Metz became a fan when a doctor stopped by each morning during his hospital stay and the two discussed the team.
Rob Metz, Cody’s father, had this to say to Wolves Editor/Writer, Mark Remme, “It kept him going—for a year he was in a wheelchair, he was gradually learning to walk again, gradually learning to run again,” said Rob Metz, Cody’s father. “Worked out every single day. And through that long stretch when his friends were off playing, this kind of stuff kept him going.”
Metz has long had a dream, Cody wished to travel to an away game with the team. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, he got that and much more. Recently, Metz received a personal invitation via video message from his favorite player, Kevin Love. Love invited him to attend a home-game against the Atlanta Hawks on January 8 and then travel with the team to
Oklahoma City that night for a game against the Thunder on January 9.
During his time with the team, Metz sat court-side for warm-ups, visited with players and watched a game from a suite with his family and friends. He spent time with Love and met many of the Oklahoma City Thunder players.
The Good in Sports salutes the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Minnesota Timberwolves and Kevin Love for making a dream come true for Metz. We also wish Metz the best of luck with his continued recovery.
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