|To help his recently paralyzed friend Cody Caldwell, Corey Perry donated a signed jersey and $5,000 to a fundraiser in his honor. |
Corey Perry remembers skating in summer pickup games in his native Peterborough, Ontario with goalie Cody Caldwell just a few years ago.
Recently, Perry was devastated to find out that Caldwell
had been paralyzed in a swimming accident and the Ducks right wing wanted to do anything he could to help.
Contacted by a committee hoping to get a signed jersey of his to auction off at a fundraiser in Caldwell
’s honor to be held on Oct. 3, Perry quickly agreed and also donated an additional $5,000.
“It's going to a good cause,” Perry said. “Anything I can do to help Cody and his family.”
A 20-year-old former goaltender for the Peterborough Minor Petes, Caldwell
suffered two broken vertebrae in a diving accident in Alberta
on June 27. Recovering in a Calgary
may not walk again, but he is slowly getting the use of his hands back.
Along with knowing Caldwell
personally from summer hockey in Canada
, Perry said his brother, Adam, also attended Crestwood Secondary School
“It hits home when something like this happens to a friend,” Corey said. “He has the rest of his life in front of him. It's very unfortunate.”
On the committee organizing the benefit for Caldwell
, Rob McCrae was overwhelmed with Perry’s donation.
“It’s just amazing,” McCrae said.
For more information on Caldwell
or to leave him a message, visit codycaldwell.com.