Cody’s story officially began on April 3rd, 2016 when he was admitted to the hospital with depression and anxiety. Sadly, Cody’s life story came to an end when he completed suicide on October 20th, 2017.
Cody was an amazing, high caliber athlete. He enjoyed sports such as lacrosse, snowboarding, and golf. He started wrestling at the age of 14 and by age 18 he had many school medals. The most outstanding were the two OFSAA silvers, a national silver, a Winter Games gold, as well as a provincial gold and bronze which he acquired just three short months after he first began wrestling. Cody had the honour of wrestling for Team Canada at the PanAmerican championships in Colombia when he was 15. Cody received Rookie of the Year in grade 9 and graduated grade 12 with MDP.
Beyond Cody’s wrestling, he was an amazing brother, son, and friend. He had a heart of gold and the greatest smile, which would light up any room.
Cody personally felt that the concussions he suffered in his athletics played a part in his depression and anxiety. When Cody went into the hospital in April, the search began for what we could do to bring awareness of the impact concussions have on mental health in athletes. The Cody Shepperd Project hopes to use its voice to lend a helping hand in working with athletic coaches, providing education and resources to recognize and eliminate the impact of concussions.