Wrestler Returns To Sport, Team He Loves After Accident
Posted February 23, 2000
HOPE MILLS — A Cumberland County wrestler is making a miraculous recovery after an accident that nearly claimed his life. He is not letting anything stand in the way of being around the sport he loves.
At team picture day, coach Danny Moreneault finally has his whole team back together after 8-year-old Timmy McCall suffered serious injuries in a Go Kart accident. Timmy is one of his star wrestlers.
"Timmy's beaten everyone he wrestled this season," Moreneault says. "I have to wrestle Timmy up in an age group with kids two years older than him and ten pounds heavier than him to give him good competition. That's how good he is." Timmy is a two-time national champion with a love for the sport and his team.
"Right now, he's supposed to be home," says Diane McCall, Timmy's mother. "He wanted to see the team, and since he loved everyone on the team, I had to bring him out to practice to spend time with them."
Diane says the support has been incredible.
"I didn't think everybody loved Timmy as much as they did until this particular thing happened to him," Diane says. "All the friends and family popped up and just having them there was more than enough because I don't think I couldn't have made it without them."
Timmy will not be competing, but he is traveling with the team to one tournament. Apparently, he and his friends are practical jokers on the road.
"He was like sitting up and sleeping, and he wouldn't stop moving, so we tied him down to the seat with sweat shirts," says Tifton Halford, Timmy's teammate.
Timmy has to make weekly visits to the hospital, and his medical bills are getting high.
The Cumberland Kiwanis Club has helped out with about $1,300. If you would like to help, you can donate at any First Union to the Timmy McCall fund.