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SuperBowl XLVII

Honoring Navy EOD Taylor Morris, Army Warriors Terrance McBride & Jeffrey Argrave.

Thanks to Mercedes-Benz we were able to host Taylor, Jeff & Terrance at the Big Game! Taylor Morris is one of the most inspirational men on this planet. What happened to him, and what he did afterwards to get his life back, is unbelievable. After graduating high school in 2007, Taylor joined the Navy. He loved life, the outdoors and accepting new challenges. He found a new passion as a Navy EOD tech; he was trained to know everything there was about bombs and other explosive devices. By January 2012, he was finally ready to be deployed to Afghanistan, set to return August 2012. His family yearned for him to come back home, along with his loving girlfriend Danielle, but they never thought it’d happen the way it did.

On May 3, 2012, Taylor was in the Kandahar province in Afghanistan. He was leading a team of Army Special forces to a classified location, when all of the sudden he stepped on an IED. His injuries were profound, he was conscious and he knew he lost his legs and probably his arms. He was rushed to the hospital in Afghanistan, stabilized, flown to Germany and eventually made it back to Washington, D.C.. Taylor was the 5th Quad Amputee to have ever survive to date. But that didn’t stop Taylor. He fought through the surgeries, rehabilitation and life without limbs… and is now happily married to his wife Danielle. This man is unstoppable and incredibly inspirational.

Army Corporal Jeffrey Argrave was on his first deployment when he was left a tetraplegic after suffering major injuries to his spinal column from shrapnel through the neck and a C5 vertebrae fracture during a Rocket Propelled Grenade attack followed by an ambush in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan on May 30, 2010.

In August 2006, McBride was involved in a deployment training accident where his hip bones and both legs were broken, leading to his right leg being amputated

We would like to thank St. Charles Toyota for providing transportation, New Era Cap for providing caps for our warriors, the NFL for providing media day passes, ESPN for helping us provide accommodations, Kurt Warner, Michael Irvin, Mike Ditka, Cris Carter, Chris Berman & the entireESPN Monday Night Football crew for taking time to meet the warriors & showing your appreciation for these brave warriors service & Sacrifices. Most importantly we would like to thank Steve Cannon & Mercedes Benz for giving us the opportunity to make these #WarriorWishes come true!

We couldn’t have done it without you!

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49ers

Honoring Army Sgt Brian Jergens & Cpl Wesley Barrientos.

U.S. Army Sergeant Brian Jergens was on his first deployment when he lost both of his legs below the knee and sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, hearing loss, internal organ damage, a broken neck, and damage to his right elbow in an IED blast in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan on August 7, 2011.

Army CPL Wesley Leon-Barrientos was deployed to Iraq in December 2007. While supporting his team on an air assault mission near Iskandariah, his team discovered and destroyed several car bombs and a weapons cache. Roadside bombs were encountered on the return trip to base and the convoy was diverted for security purposes. While maneuvering around a suspected bomb, the truck which was carrying CPL Leon-Barrientos rolled over a pressure plate IED causing an explosion to rip through the vehicle. Sitting directly behind the driver, Wesley lost his left leg and right foot in the blast and suffered severe calf injuries as well as a broken jaw.

It was incredible to link these 2 warriors up together for the 49ers game. We would like to thank Lou, Mario, Vince and all of our friends in San Francisco for helping us make these#WarriorWishes come true at the San Francisco 49ers playoff game!

We would also like to say thank you to Whole Foods Market San Francisco for providing a pregame meal, the San Francisco Giants for providing a tour of AT&T Park for the warriors, and Alcatraz for locking us up and giving us a day to never forget in San Francisco!

Together we make #Warriorwishes come true!

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Lions

Honoring Army Sgt Ken Harker & SPC Eric Lund.

Army SGT Kenneth Harker was on his 2nd deployment in June 2008 when he lost both of his legs in Baghdad, Iraq when an EFP (Explosively Formed Penetrator) tore through his HMMWV.

SPC Eric Lund joined the Army National Guard in 2003. He served with the 126th C Company and was in Afghanistan when he was injured in May 2012 in a roadside bomb that injured 10 soldiers. Lund lost both of his arms, suffered additional severe injuries, and he is continuing physical therapy to make the most use of his prosthetic arms at Brooke Army Medical Center in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

We met the warriors for breakfast before the game Whole Foods Market Detroit before making our way to the stadium to watch the pregame warm ups from the field thanks to theDetroit Lions. While on the field 10 minutes before game time,Matthew Stafford surprised each of the warriors with game balls before heading into the locker room to get ready to take on the Bears. It was a moment that these warrior will never forget!

Thanks to Whole Foods Market, the Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford & The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit for helping us make these #WarriorWishes come true!

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Titans

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!! Honoring Army SSG Fabian Salazar & Sgt Derek Genck.

My Dad and I hosted Fabian and Dereck at our 32 NFL stadium in 15 weeks! The Tennessee Titans rolled out the red carpet to help us make these #Warriorwishes come true! From pregame field passes, to honoring Dereck & Fabian on the field during the 1st quarter, from hosting them at the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey tailgate to providing them customized jerseys & tickets in the Jack daniels suite! it was an incredible finale that none of us will ever forget!

We would like to thank Signature Transportation Services for driving us around in a stretch hummer limo all day long, Whole Foods Market Green Hills for providing breakfast, Music City Flats: Stoneoven & Bar for providing lunch, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for giving the warriors a personalized tour, the Sheraton Music City Hotel for providing accommodations, St. Charles Toyota for providing transportation & the Tennessee Titans for helping us make these #WarriorWishes come true!

learn more about our mission at www.warriorwishes.org

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Browns

Honoring Army Sgt Matt Killian & Marines Lcpl Adam McCann & Sgt Matt Horn

after driving our custom van provided by St. Charles Toyotaovernight from Chicago, we met up with the warriors first thing in the morning at Whole Foods Market in Cleveland for breakfast. After getting to know each other we headed over to the stadium to watch the Browns take on the Redskins.

We would like to thank Whole Foods Market for the pregame meal, St. Charles toyota for providing transportation, Signs Now South ELGIN for wrapping the van, the Cleveland Brownsfor providing the warriors pregame field passes and club seats at the game, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museumfor letting us rock out after the game!

Together we make #WarriorWishes come true!

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Seahawks

Honoring Army Warriors Shawn Graves & Trevor Phillips.

On December 21st, 2004, Shawn Graves said a final goodbye to the world as he lost consciousness. A man wearing a suicide vest had blown himself up inside a dining hall in northern Iraq. Graves had wounds all over his torso, and he did not expect to open his eyes again.

The platoon sergeant from Fort Lewis woke up from a coma three weeks later. He had survived one of the worst attacks against U.S. forces in the Iraq War, an enemy infiltration that claimed 22 lives and wounded more than 70 other people inside a forward base most troops figured was safe.

To this day Graves hears Iraq whenever a piercing note reverberates in his ears, reminding him of the sound of the explosion that nearly killed him. He has learned how to calm himself when the war surges back into his mind, telling himself, “You’re OK, you’re fine,” until he is. Shawn is one of the biggest Seahawks fans you will ever meet!

We had the honor of hosting Shawn & Army warrior Trevor Phillips at the Seahawks game as they beat the cardinals by the score of 58-0!!! We would like to thank Whole Foods Market South Lake Union for providing a pregame meal for the warriors. We would also like to thank the Seattle Seahawks for providing a once in a lifetime experience for these brave soldiers! The Seahawks went above and beyond by letting the warriors experience what its like to walk out the players tunnel and out onto the field for pregame warm ups, putting the Warriors in the Alumni suite where they watched the game with former players & giving them post game passes to meet some of the players! Thanks to Richard Sherman, Robert Turbin, Sidney Rice & Marcus Trufant fir taking the time to hang out with the warriors and take pictures post game. Last but not least, we would like to say thank you to Sky City Restaurant at Seattle Space Needle for providing a post game meal with a view in the Space Needle!

Together we make #WarriorWishes come true!

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Dolphins

Honoring Marine LCpl Michael Delancey & Army Warrior Dart Childs.

On Sept. 1, 2006 during his second deployment in Iraq, Delancey was shot by a sniper. The gunshot wound hit the fifth and sixth vertebrae in his spine, It shattered his seventh vertebrae and then hit his right shoulder nerve, finally peppering his right lung. In an instant, Mike was rendered paralyzed.

We met up with mike and his family in the morning & made our way over to Whole Foods Market. as we walked in, mike recognized a familiar face. Dart Childs was our second guest for the game and he & Mike had met before at other wounded warrior events.

We would like to thank Whole Foods Market Ft. Lauderdale for providing a delicious breakfast, the Westin Diplomat for providing accommodations, New Era Cap for outfitting the warriors with new caps & the Miami Dolphins for helping us make these #WarriorWishes come true!

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Buccaneers

Honoring Army Sgt Austin Burchard & Navy Warrior Chris Scott. Chris & Austin had a blast at the game thanks to Tiffany & Dan Orlovsky, They went above and beyond to give these guys memories that they will never forget! We truly cant thank them enough for their generosity. Friends for life!

The day started at Whole Foods Market Tampa where we had breakfast before the game, then the warriors were treated to tickets, field passes & footballs thanks to Dan & the Tampa Bay Buccaneers! We also had the opportunity to watch a part of the game from the pirate ship!

After the game the warriors got to go outside the locker room and meet the entire team! Each player stopped to sign their footballs & take pictures with them. Vincent Jackson even gave Austin his game used gloves!

We were treated to dinner at the Cheesecake factory thanks to Dan & Tiffany. Chris & Austin surprised Dan with an autographed football to thank him for his generosity.

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49ers

Honoring Army Cpl Wesley Barrientos, Special Ops “Brandon” Gebhardt & Joel Sears.

Army CPL Wesley Leon-Barrientos was deployed to Iraq in December 2007. While supporting his team on an air assault mission near Iskandariah, his team discovered and destroyed several car bombs and a weapons cache. Roadside bombs were encountered on the return trip to base and the convoy was diverted for security purposes.

While maneuvering around a suspected bomb, the truck which was carrying CPL Leon-Barrientos rolled over a pressure plate IED causing an explosion to rip through the vehicle. Sitting directly behind the driver, Wesley lost his left leg and right foot in the blast and suffered severe calf injuries as well as a broken jaw.

Today Wesley does everything he can to support his fellow Veterans. He has hand pedaled across the country to raise awareness about Veteran suicide rates and has become a motivational speaker to other injured service members. He is also a huge 49ers fan who had never been to a game before!

It was an honor to help make these #WarriorWishes come true!

We would like to thank Whole Foods Market San Francisco for providing a pregame meal, The Westin San Francisco Airportfor providing accommodations, ESPN Monday Night Footballfor bringing the warriors on the set, and Lou & all of his friends for hosting us and helping us make these warrior wishes special! We couldn’t have done it without you!