We kicked off week 12 with a bang making Warrior Wishes come true on thanksgiving day in Detroit & Dallas!
My dad had hosted in Detroit. He took a bus back home immediately following the game & enjoyed some time with the family before his bus left early Saturday morning. Typically, my dad doesn’t mind taking the bus. Short trips aren’t bad & the overnight ones he never remembers because he sleeps the whole time. But this was going to be a bus ride he would remember. It was a 17 hour all day $1 bus ride from Chicago to Atlanta.
by the time he arrived & took the Marta to the airport, he told me “all the good beds were taken.” So he didn’t get much sleep before meeting up with the warriors to make wishes come true at the Falcons game. Here are some of our favorite memories from making Warrior Wishes come true at the Falcons games.
My dad met up with Army SGT Theo Lowe & Army SGT Marc Roberson at CNN before the game. It has become tradition the last few years in Atlanta, to start our experience with the CNN Tour as a way of getting to know our warriors.
Army Sgt Theo “TJ” Lowe and his 13 yr old son Kaleb were the first to arrive. My dad only needed to talk to them a few minutes before realizing they were huge Falcons fans. Kaleb was definitely excited for his first Falcons game ever! Army Sgt Marc Roberson, wife Karen and their 8 yr old son Jaydon arrived just as we were getting in line for the CNN tour. This was their FIRST EVER NFL game too! My dad had the chance to get to know them a little bit on the tour . Marc was a big Falcons fan too.
After the tour, everyone headed over by the stadium for some pregame fun. The Falcons have one of the best PreGame activities for families in the league. The kids had the chance to throw football, get fun photos & meet the cheerleaders.
Before the group went in the stadium, they snapped a few group pictures in front of both stadiums, as they are building the new Falcons stadium right next door and had an American flag hanging from 2 fire trucks which made for great photo.
My dad said everyone had a great time at the game. The Warriors were cheering every play and booing every bad one.
Luckily for them, there were many more plays to cheer than boo, as the Falcons dominated the Cardinals especially in 2nd Half . Arizona kept it close for the first half trailing only 17-13 at half but pulled away with 21 second half points for the 38-19 victory.
During the game, my dad caught up with Warriors Cedric King & Sean Adams at the game. Cedric is one of the most inspirational people you will ever meet. he was our guest to the Superbowl last year. He & Sean were the Falcons honorary captains.
After the game, our friends at Taco Mac treated everyone to nice dinner. My dad said “These are my favorite times when we can just hang out and talk about whatever our guests want to talk about, and get to know them better, in a nice relaxed setting.”
Operation warrior wishes would like to thank the Atlanta Falcons for going above and beyond to provide tickets for the Warriors & their families. We also want to thank New Era Cap for providing the Falcons caps, Chive Charities for the KCCO T Shirts, CNN for the pregame Tour of the studios & Taco Mac for the post game meal!
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!
Most importantly, we ask that you join us in thanking to Army Sgt Theo “TJ “Lowe and Army Sgt Marc Roberson, and their families, for their service and sacrifices to our country. It’s appreciated, hasn’t gone unnoticed & will never be forgotten. (MEET THE WARRIOR BELOW)
After dinner, My dad headed Back to Atlanta airport to get a few hours of sleep before his early morning flight to Philadelphia. Warrior Wishes COME TRUE at the Eagles game tomorrow night! Stay tuned for more details.
MEET THE WARRIORS
ARMY WARRIOR MARK ROBERSON
Mark served 14 1/2 yrs in the Army before being medically retired in October 2014. He now spends his time caring for his kids and riding motorcycles with the CVMA, a motorcycle organization that does volunteer work helping veterans in need.
ARMY WARRIOR T.J. LOWE
Theopilus “T.J.” Lowe was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga. His military career began as soon as he graduated from high school in 1999 at the tender age of 18. He was a Reservist for 8 years and stations at Fort Gilliam in Forest Park, Ga.- before he went Active Duty- and moved to Fort Hood, TX. During his 13 years of service he traveled the world training, and was deployed twice. A month before the 3rd deployment was scheduled, it was determined that he was no longer fit for duty due to injuries sustained during the previous ones. This news hit like a ton of bricks. But, he knew going into combat injured was unfair and dangerous to his fellow brothers/sisters that depended on him for their safety and vice versa. Since his medical discharge, he has experienced his fair share of up and downs. However, he finds solace in his family. He has been an amazing husband for 15 years and is the father to 2 kids; a 9 year old daughter and a 13 year old son. He has since enrolled in school where is obtained a Culinary degree and is currently working on a Business one. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, grilling, bowling, and sports (especially the Falcons!!). His future plans are to own and operate a food truck.
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