After a little break to plan & organize our 2017 “All32in17” mission, my dad is back in action making Warrior Wishes come true! It is hard to believe that 5 years ago yesterday, we made Warrior Wishes come true for he first time when we hosted SPC Damian Smith and Gunnery SGT Chris Claude at the New York Giants game.
The mission has been incredibly humbling and inspiring. We never imagined we would have had the opportunity to host more than 3000 warriors at over 600 events since September 5th, 2012! We are so thankful to everyone who has helped us honor these brave men & women along the way!
Today my dad headed out to Boston to make wishes come true at he Red Sox game & to kickoff our 2017 “All32in17” mission on Thursday night at the Patriots Opening night game!
As I drove my dad to the train station I checked the weather in Boston & it didn’t look good. There was a 100% chance of rain tonight for the Red Sox game… could this be our first rain out in 5 years???
My dad’s journey to Boston was an adventure. Planes, trains, automobiles & busses…. He hopped in the car to catch a train to the airport to catch his flight to Boston & caught a bus to Fenway.
Thankfully the game did not get rained out but he rain delayed my dad’s flight 3 hours. Which made it challenging for him to coordinate everything remotely until he could get there. We couldn’t have pulled it off without help from James at Boston Beer Works and Jill at the Red Sox!
Today we had the honor of hosting Navy Veteran Ian Ramsdell, Army Sgt Matt Cain, Army Sgt Christy Gardner along with her service dog Moxie. We were also honored to be hosting Boston Bombing Survivor Marc Fucarile and his son Gavin.
After the warriors enjoyed a delicious meal from Boston BeerWorks dinner they walked across the street to the historic Fenway park.
By the time my dad arrives at Fenway park in the 2nd inning, the rain reduced to a drizzle & the Red Sox were on their way to a dominating 6-1 win over the Blue Jays to keep their 3.5 game lead over the Yankees in the playoff race.
Despite some of the challenges, everything worked out and all of our guests had a fantastic time!
Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank both Sarah and Jill at the Red Sox. Sarah for donating tix and Jill for dropping off tickets at Boston Beer Works when my dad’s flight was delayed. We also want to thank James at Boston Beer Works for providing the Pre Game Meal for the warriors & New Era for providing Red Sox caps for the warriors. All of our guests commented on how much they enjoyed their experience & we couldn’t have done made it happen without you all!
Most importantly, we want to thank Navy Veteran Ian Ramsdell, Army Sgt Mike Cain and Army Sgt Christy Gardner for their service to our country.
My dad will catch a few hours sleep at the “South Station” tonight before heading to Gillette Stadium tomorrow afternoon to kickoff our 2017 All32in17 Mission! Stay tuned for more details!