The Blazers show class, treating a family to a night in Rip City, after a family loses one of their own to a freak accident. It may seem small to some, but for this family, a chance to get away and share in a Blazers victory.
Recently, the Cozine family suffered a loss in the family. His name was Jake, a 23 year old who loved 4 wheeling, country music, John Deere and his family. He was the life of the party; he was the type of guy who would let things roll off his shoulders. He died in a freak accident, leaving a family who loves him, mourning his loss.
We are not conditioned, as humans, to handle the death of loved ones. There’s no real answer for it, but yet it happens all the time. So, what can we do? Families often bond together, receiving an outpour of support initially, with cards, calls and casseroles, but what happens when those ill fated times dwindle away. We only have one family, and the Cozine family has united under that front.
Jim, his two daughters Nina and Melissa, and grandpa Roger, received a gift from Chad Doing on 750 The Game and the Portland Trail Blazers: a chance to go to a Blazers game, casting aside any and all hardships that may be present, and enjoy their time together in the Club Level of the Rose Garden. The Blazers and Chad Doing hooked the Cozine family up, sending them to the game, showing them a good time in an otherwise trying time. In fact, Roger hadn’t been to a game in 20 years!
Jim, with his son Jake literally there with him, spoke with Peter Socotch. He had Jake’s ashes inked on him in a tattoo sported on his chest that says memory, under a wheel signifying his love for off-road riding. Momma Cozine got inked too with Jake’s ashes as part of it. In fact, the entire family plans to have it done.
Peter talks with the Cozine’s about the type of son and brother Jake was, who lost his life unexpectedly this past year. They reminisce on his love for the outdoors and the type of family guy he was. Melissa, who is due to have her first child at the end of May, plans to name her son after her brother. His name will be Jayden Jacob Cozine.
In a heartwarming interview of trials, tribulations and thankfulness, check out Peter Socotch’s conversation with the Cozine’s, giving special thanks to Chad Doing on 750 The Game and the Portland Trail Blazers for coordinating the effort.