Charlie Trumbo started swimming because he was too short to compete in other sports at his Baltimore high school. Finding he excelled as an athlete in the water, he received championship medals all three years he competed. After a growth spurt, Charlie continued his successful swimming career in college, but also lettered in football and baseball!
In 2006, Charlie was diagnosed with tongue cancer. He shares, “I was on a feeding tube and couldn’t swallow for over a year. They agreed to do chemo and radiation together at my age only because of my good physical conditioning. I lost 35 pounds, and I really thought I was going to die.”
Willow Valley’s Lifecare program supported Charlie as he went through the difficult process of recovery. After a tremendous turnaround, he returned to swimming with renewed gusto. “I’d never heard of the Senior Games until I moved to Willow Valley in 2001. I competed nationally for the first time in 2009,” Charlie says. “I won awards every time I competed, but this was the first time I medaled. I am truly blessed.
Within the heart of a true athlete, the passion for sport only grows over time.
Perhaps nothing proves this better than the National Senior Games which was held in Minneapolis last year. The Games, a 19-sport, biannual competition for men and women 50 and over, is the largest multi-sport event in the world for seniors. Willow Valley Communities is an excellent choice for the serious athlete, with world-class fitness and aquatics centers and exceptional fitness team members on hand to support whatever an individual’s personal goals may be. Willow Valley’s team of 15 athletes joined over 12,000 others from all over the country to compete. Escorted by members of our Wellness Team, Pam Schorr and Karen Nye, Willow Valley resident athletes were awarded a total of 7 medals and 12 ribbons. Congratulations to all!