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July 15, 2013

Marlow honors former classmate Price

DUNCAN — Talking to Marlow native Cody Price, it’s impossible to think that he’s less than two months removed from some of the darkest days of his life.

His uplifting words and calm demeanor complement a smile contagious enough to brighten the spirits of anyone around him.

One thing becomes clear from the moment one meets Cody. No matter what life throws at him and his family, no matter difficulties he faces, his faith is unshakeable.

Tragedy first struck the Price family May 1 when Cody’s wife Courtney Price suffered a handful of injuries and lost her child when she was 12 weeks pregnant in a car accident. Three weeks later, the couple was at Jim Thorpe Rehab Facilility when their home when destroyed in the Moore tornado on May 21.

What began as devestation emerged as a story of hope and recovery when the people Cody grew up with rose to the occasion.

The Marlow Class of 2004 wasted no time in helping its former classmate and a friend its members grew up with, hosting the first ever Stephens County Throwback Basketball Tournament last weekend at the Marlow High School Gymnasium. All proceeds from the tournament were given to the Price family.

“It’s just very nice, when they first brought the idea to me, I thought it was awesome,” Cody Price said. “It’s been a tough experience, but the best thing about it is how everybody nice has been to us. You hear so much bad, and all the things that go on in this world and when something like this happens, a tragedy, and then you get to the see the good, it’s refreshing.”

As soon as word got out about Cody’s tragedy, his classmates got to work. Event organizer Jessica Garvin immediately contacted the members of the class over Facebook, and the first plans to host the tournament were drawn up.

“There was never any hesistation in the response,” Garvin said. “It wasn’t a matter of if we should help, it was more about what we could do to help Cody. It’s overwhelming because I know that the class would do that for me or anyone else.”

While catching up with his former teammates and friends – Price played four years of basketball and baseball at Marlow – Price spent as much time as he could thanking his fellow Outlaws for all they had done to help his family.

“Marlow’s a great place to live and grow up and I was fortunate to have gotten to experience living here,” Price said. “The people that I graduated with are some great people, it was such a close class. I’m very blessed to have met a lot of those people.”

Garvin said that with Price’s love for basketball, the event was a perfect way to honor him.

“Just knowing what a great player he was at Marlow, we thought it would just make sense,” Garvin said. “Being able to help someone who we grew up with is a great feeling and I think this tournament accomplished that.”

In the weeks following the tragedies, the Prices lived at Courtney’s sister house before just recently moving into their new home in Mustang. Looking back on that fateful day when Courtney was brought to OU Medical, Cody said it was the people around him that got him through those trying times.

“We feel sorry for the people that dont have the kind of support we have around us, the families and friends who have reached out to us so much,” Price said. “Just the fact that Courtney was still there and she was going to be okay was enough for me to get by. I made a lot of deals with God that day, about the things I would do and I guess what would be a different life. She’s still here, so it could be a lot worse.”

With the support from loved ones that have carried them these last two months, the days ahead will only continue to improve for the Price family, who each still have jobs at Mustang High School.

“We’ve got a long road ahead, but we’ve been very positive and upbeat, about as much as you can be I think,” Price said. “We’re extremely blessed and we dont feel sorry for ourselves.”


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