This year was a little different, as my dad said there were far less bears fans in attendance than there normally is. Their 1-5 record definitely doesn’t help, but it’s one of the biggest rivalries in the NFL & Lambeu field is one of the most amazing stadiums in the league!
This year, we were honored to be making Warrior Wishes come true for Army Sgt Ryan Fellenz, Army SFC Rocky Andrews & Marine Adam Spaw. All 3 Warriors were huge Packers fans, Ryan and Rocky had been to Lambeau before, but for Adam, it was his First NFL Game Ever!
My dad met up with the Warriors at the “Tompa Tailgate” across the street from the stadium. Bernie and Shana Tompa, along with Shana mom Gladys, have been hosting and honoring the Warriors at their tailgate for the past 4 years! The even hosted a fundraiser to benefit our mission in 2013. Gladys lives 5 blocks away, which makes it very convenient for us and the warriors.
Adam and Bethany (Adams wife) arrived first, which gave my dad a little time to get to know them. Needless to say, Adam was pretty excited to be attending his first NFL game! Ryan and Rocky arrived half hour later, and we hung out at the tailgate for awhile talking about everything from football to family – we learned that the 3 warriors combined had 9 girls between them & no boys! Everyone had a great time! My dad thanked Shana for the food & fun one last time before making their way over to the stadium. Bethany, Adams wife, is actually a Bears fan so we got a couple cool pictures to show how they were a “house divided.”
Once inside the stadium, Adam immediately went to the Packer Pro Shop, which has everything you can possibly imagine with a packers logo on it, to buy a Salute to Service jersey & a foam finger. He wanted to remember that he bought his jersey AT LAMBEAU FIELD as part of experience.
I got lucky & was able to buy tickets in the 4th & 28th rows in sections that were close for a great price! My dad suggested that the Warriors switch seats at halftime to give everytone the opportunity to sit in the 4th row, but Ryan & Rocky said Adam and his wife could have the 4th row Tix since it was their first game.
Not only did they all have great seats but everyone had a great time at the game too. The Bears hung around early, leading 10-6 but the Packers went ahead 13-10 and never looked back. Thanks to Devante Adams incredible performance, the Packers dominated the Bears 26-10.
After the game we said our goodbyes and my dad walked down to Shana moms to pick up his bag, had a bite to eat, and got a ride down to the casino so my dad could get a little work done before his early morning bus ride.
Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank the Tompa family for hosting us at their tailgate, New Era Cap for providing Packers Caps to the Warriors & the Green Bay Packers for providing the warriors with Souvenir Gift Bags with Packer gear and memorabilia.
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!
MOST IMPORTANTLY Thank you to Marine Cpl Adam Spaw, and Army Sgt Ryan Fellenz and SFC Rocky Andrews for their service & sacrifices to our great country! It’s appreciated, has not gone unnoticed & will never be forgotten!
My dad hopped back on the bus early Friday morning to hang out with Xander and Quinn for a day before flying to Kansas City to pull off another Surprise Warrior Wish Saturday night! Stay tuned for more details.
MEET THE WARRIORS
MARINE CPL ADAM SPAW
My name is Adam Spaw. I was born 12/11/1988 in Dubuque, IA. I joined the Marines in March of 2008. I did two deployments to Afghanistan, Both of which I volunteered for. My first deployment was in 2009 to 2010 my second was in 2011 to 2012. When I returned from my second deployment I EAS from the Marines. Shortly after returning to Wisconsin I began a new battle with PTSD. I currently live in Wisconsin with my wife and two daughters. However I at this time I am currently at Tomah WI VA for inpatient treatment for PTSD.
ARMY SGT RYAN FELLENZ
SGT (Ret.) Ryan Fellenz enlisted in the Wisconsin Army National Guard in October of 2004. He was assigned to A. Co 132nd Support Battalion from Janesville, WI. In 2006, SGT (Ret.) Ryan Fellenz then deployed with the 1157th Transportation Co. from Oshkosh, WI to Taji, Iraq. SGT (Ret.) Ryan Fellenz was severely wounded in action on 19 May 2007. SGT (Ret.) Ryan Fellenz was on a mounted patrol when the vehicle he was in was struck by an IED. He suffered from a right leg amputation, nerve issues associated with right and left leg, burns to 4%of his Total Body Surface Area (TBSA), and limb salvage to his left leg. He was transported from Taji, Iraq to Balad, Iraq for stabilization, and then was transported to Landstuhl Regional Army Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany. From there, he was transported to Brooke Army Medical Center where he underwent multiple surgeries to assist in his rehabilitation and treatment. SGT (Ret.) Ryan Fellenz was medically retired from the U.S. Army on July 29th 2008.
SGT (Ret.) Ryan Fellenz awards are the following: Purple Heart, Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device, Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver-Wheeled Vehicle Clasp, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon
SGT (Ret.) Ryan Fellenz now lives in Chippewa Falls, WI with his wife Melissa and their three daughters Abigail (6yrs), Annabelle (4), and Bailey (6months). Ryan attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout majoring in Supply Chain Management and graduated in December of 2013. SGT (Ret.) Ryan Fellenz aspires to own and operate his own company one day within this realm of study.
Contact Craig for more information about the mission (630) 339-6714