Cody Metz Gets Thrill Of Lifetime Through Make-A-Wish Timberwolves Trip




Mark Remme
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Editor's Note: Video from Cody's experience at Target Center and in Oklahoma City is coming soon to Timberwolves.com. Also, take a look at Cody's experience in pictures with Timberwolves.com's photo gallery.


Five years ago, Cody Metz had a brain tumor in his spinal column near the base of his brain that required surgery. For more than a month during his recovery in the hospital, one of his doctors stopped by each morning and chatted for about 15 minutes rehashing what the Wolves did the night before—contemplating coaching decisions, rehashing key moments and marveling over top players.

It was during that period in his life that solidified him as a Timberwolves fan.

“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.”

This week, Cody got the thrill of a lifetime hanging out with his favorite NBA team. Through the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Timberwolves, Cody, 16, and his parents spent Tuesday and Wednesday with the Wolves both during their home game against Atlanta and their road game at Oklahoma City.

The Metz family spent Tuesday at Target Center taking in pregame warm-ups from the Wolves’ bench, followed by watching the Wolves beat the Hawks from a suite with 15 of Cody’s closest friends. The Timberwolves Dancers stopped by, as did Kevin Love during the second quarter. Following the game, the Metz’s joined the Wolves on the team plane, flew with them to Oklahoma City and spent the whole day Wednesday with the team.

In OKC, Cody was present during the team brunch at the hotel, sat court side during pregame warm-ups and got to sit right behind the Wolves bench during the game. Not only did he meet all the Wolves players, but he also was greeted with the Thunder Dancers pregame and met All-Star Kevin Durant postgame.

“It’s great,” Cody said. “It’s an opportunity that most people don’t have, and I’m fortunate to have this opportunity with Make-A-Wish.”

It was a whirlwind two-day stretch for the Metz family, not only getting to see behind the scenes what it’s like to travel with the team but also getting to know members of the Timberwolves organization. Cody in particular said he was impressed with how approachable the players are. When the group checked into the hotel in Oklahoma City, guard Ricky Rubio stopped to ask how Cody’s experience on the flight was and to see how he’s doing.

“I guess I was impressed that the players are just kids, too,” Metz said. “I was surprised how well they handle the schedule, and they’re just young kids not unlike us.”

Rob and his wife, Carol, said they were grateful for the opportunity and were impressed with how much time the players and members of the organization took just to talk with the family about how they’re doing and making sure their experience was memorable.

Between the Timberwolves, Make-A-Wish and the Metz family, everyone took something away from the experience.

“Watching that happen was like it’s a marriage made in heaven,” Rob said. “Make-A-Wish does fantastic things like this, and they want to get involved with the Timberwolves to do this for more people, and the Timberwolves are perfect. I mean I can’t imagine a better group of people to connect with Make-A-Wish, so I can see it’s a win-win for the Timberwolves, it’s a win for us, for Cody, and it’s a win for Make-A-Wish. It’s a perfect marriage.”


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