Since kicking off our mission 11 days ago, my dad has made Warrior Wishes come true in Denver, Baltimore, DC, Buffalo & Cleveland!
He spent the night on an overnight bus from Cleveland & hasn’t slept in a bed since last Wednesday… so needless to say, he was happy to be coming home.
Even though he was back home, his work wasn’t finished. He had less than 6 hours to clean up, grab a bite to eat & get downtown in time to Make Warrior Wishes come true at the Bears game for his 6th NFL game in 2 weeks!
In the past 4 years we have made some unforgettable memories at the Chicago Bears games!
We hoped to meet up with Army SGT Brian Torkelson & Army SPC Tony Thomas at “Da Bus” tailgate in 31st St Tailgate lot – one problem – construction issues would not allow anyone to park there… So we had to go to Plan B & met up at Gate 8 outside the stadium.
Thanks to the Chicago Bears, we had the field passes for the Warriors. The Bears have gone above and beyond over the years & we can’t thank them enough for their support!
SGT Torkelson & SPC Thomas briefly ran into Bears owner, George McCaskey while waiting to get their PreGame passes. My dad and Wyatt (Spc Thomas’ guest) went into the stands to get photos of them on the field. Among them was a photo with Hall of Fame QB Steve Young!
But by far the coolest experience of the night was having the opportunity to watch the Warriors take a picture on the ESPN Monday Night Football set with Suzy Kolber, Trent Dilfer, Steve Young, Randy Moss & Charles Woodson!
Our friends at ESPN have always taken care of the Warriors & we are extremely thankful for their partnership!
After spending almost an hour on the sidelines before the game, the Warriors headed up to their seats to watch the Eagles kickoff against the Eagles.
Rookie, Carson Wentz was under center for the eagles & looked like a seasoned veteran all night. The Bears were able to hang around for a while, but eventually the Eagles pulled away. Jay Cutler threw a crucial interception that led to a Philly touchdown and the Eagles never looked back. They won by the score of 29-14 & keep the Bears winless at 0-2.
Despite the loss, the Warriors had a great time! Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Matt at the Chicago Bears for providing the Field Passes, Seth and T at ESPN for getting the Warriors up on the ESPN set and New Era Cap for providing the Bears caps!
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!
We also want to thank Sgt Brian Torkelson and Spc Tony Thomas for their service & sacrifices to our country! It’s appreciated, hasn’t gone unnoticed & will never be forgotten!
For the second time in two weeks, my dad will get to sleep in his own bed. He will be back in action tomorrow making more Warrior Wishes come true at the Cubs game at Wrigley Field. For the first time in months, I too will be in action with my dad and may take Xander on his first mission. Stay tuned for more details!
MEET THE WARRIORS
ARMY SPC TONY THOMAS
My name is Tony Thomas I am Originally from Elkhart, IN. I enlisted into the army reserves in May of 2006. I was in the reserves for about 6 months and decided that I really liked the army life so I decided to go active duty. My first duty station was Ft. Campbell, KY. This is where I did my tour overseas. I was sent to Iraq for 15 months. Upon completion of my tour I was sent to ft Jackson, SC. I was there for 3 years until I was Medically retired from the army because of the results of my injuries I had sustained in Iraq. I now live back in Indiana with my wife and three kids.
Contact Craig for more information about the mission (630) 339-6714