Cody Deaner recently surprised one of his most loyal fans, Christopher Monahan, with a donation to a summer deaf camp that he attends every summer.
Cody wrote the following on his Facebook and Instagram pages about the experience:
"What a special moment...
This past Friday in Collingwood at a Rock Solid Wrestling event, I had the honour of having Christopher, his father Mark, and Bob Rumball’s son Derek as my special guests.
I presented Christopher with a $700 cheque for The Bob Rumball Foundation’s Rumball Camp of The Deaf - which was the amount we raised in April through the “Giv’er for Charity” campaign. I surprised them by extending the campaign into May and we’ve already increased that amount to over $1000 thanks to all the amazing wrestling fans at my events this weekend.
I brought my guests into the ring so I could introduce Christopher to the fans. I’ve told the story where Christopher honoured me with a sign language name. So I decided I wanted to honour & surprise Christopher myself...
I decided to get the crowd to chant Christopher’s name ... in sign language. To say his name, you simply hold your hand up making a “C” & shake your hand back and forth. With Christopher in the ring & by my side, the sold out crowd silently raised their hands in the air, made a “C” and shook their hands. The look on Christopher’s face was priceless (as you can see from the picture). Mark told me afterward it brought him to tears.
Christopher then surprised ME with a message he’d been practicing all month with his teachers and thanked me, Rock Solid Wrestling, and wrestling fans everywhere for their generous donations to the “Giv’er for Charity” campaign... and Mark even presented me with an amazing, personalized, appreciation trophy. Now it was my turn to be brought to tears.
I’ve had a few days to think & reflect on these moments. I’ve accomplished many things in my career. But it’s moments like this that mean more than anything to me. The smile on Christopher’s face means more to me than any championship belt I’ve ever won.
I’ve come to realize... I care much more what will be said in my eulogy than what is written on my resume.
Thank you Christopher & Mark for the awesome people you are. And thank you Derek & everyone at the Bob Rumball Foundation for all the amazing work you do.
This weekend is one this small-town kid will never forget. :)
To learn more about the "Giv'er for Charity" campaign, visit: www.codydeaner.com/news/cody-deaner-launches-the-giver-for-charity-campaign
Photos courtesy of @shootingtheindies on Instagram.
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