Valley Family Turns to Sports to Cope with Loved One’s Death
EDINBURG – A Rio Grande Valley family said they turned to sports after losing a loved one.
In 2008, Deedee Trevino was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. Both of her children, Michael and Celeste, were children when they received the news.
“I was like how could this happen to this one person? It was shocking, I couldn’t believe it,” Michael said.
Deedee Trevino battled the terminal disease for three and a half years. On June 7th, 2011, she passed away in her Edinburg home.
“When she passed away, I remember dad waking me up. I jumped on the bed next to her and I didn’t want them to take her away cause they had to prepare her body and everything for the funeral,” Celeste said.
Guadalupe Boonie Trevino, Deedee’s husband, said his wife used to coach basketball at Memorial Middle School in Edinburg. Celeste said they later turned to sports to help them heal.
“I couldn’t do it without her, without her giving me strength. One thing that my mom taught me was not to give up. I play for her ‘cause she gave me everything,” she said.
Michael said he also received support from peers after his mother’s death.
“I remember the whole team made a little arm band thing, and I remember it said ‘In loving memory of Deedee,’” he said.
The siblings said the loss of their mom brought them closer than ever.
Both Celeste and Michael are currently high school students. Celeste is a junior on the softball team and Michael is a senior on the Edinburg High basketball team.
“I’m just so proud of these children. My kids, they’ve gone through a lot more than normal children,” Guadalupe said.
A banner with Deedee’s picture now hangs inside the middle school gym honoring the legacy she left.
“She didn’t let cancer get in the way of her doing what she loved to do, which was teaching kids how to play sports,” said Celeste.
The Trevino family said they experienced a lifetime of lessons. They said learning to grieve also allowed them to help others going through the same situation.
“Just know that you’re not alone, that there is help for you. I know that somebody will be out there to help you and get through life,” Celeste said.
They said countless family members and friends also helped them grieve.
If anyone is currently going through a similar experience there are bereavement centers available across the Rio Grande Valley.
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