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The Texas Rangers & Texas Lottery Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

Once again, the Texas Rangers & the Texas Lottery teamed up with us to make Warrior wishes come true! For 3 straight days they helped us honor veterans in front of the home crowd at Globe Life Park! We cannot thank them enough for their support! Together We Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

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Globe Life Makes Warrior Wishes Come True Again & Again!

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to send a huge thank you to our friends at Globe Life! For the 6th straight year, they donated their suite at the Rangers stadium and gave us the opportunity to host a big group of warriors 2 nights in a row!

Plus they gave each of the veterans customized rangers jerseys to thank them for their service and sacrifices! As usual, it was an unforgettable experience!

Together We Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

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The Red Sox Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

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.

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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!

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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!  

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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.  

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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.  

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After the warriors enjoyed a delicious meal from Boston BeerWorks dinner they walked across the street to the historic Fenway park.  

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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.

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Despite some of the challenges, everything worked out and all of our guests had a fantastic time! 

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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!

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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!

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The Oakland A’s Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

The Oakland A’s knocked it out of the park and helped us create an unforgettable experience at todays game!

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Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank the Oakland A’s for helping us honor Army SGT Matthew Sullivan, Army SGT Joseph Gonzalez & The Legacy of Army SGT Joshua Hardy at the A’s game!

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From the Pregame field passes, to great seats at the game, the A’s truly went above and beyond to make these warrior wishes come true!

My Dad will be back in action tomorrow hosting heroes at the Giants game.  Stay tuned for more details.

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Warrior Wishes Come True At Fenway Park!

My dad has been on the road all week making Warrior Wishes come true on the east coast.  Last night he hosted warriors in New York at the Yankees game.

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After the game, he made his way to Boston on another overnight bus.  He arrived early in the morning, but unfortunately was unable to get much done because his phone was not working…

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Boston is one of my dad’s favorite places to travel to.  We have made some unforgettable memories there & look forward to many more memorable experiences in the future.  

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My dad spent a majority of his morning hanging out at the Apple Store trying to get his phone fixed.  Unfortunately they were unable to figure out the problem & my dad couldn’t leave it there overnight because he had to be back in New York tomorrow for the Mets game.  

But as they say, “the show must go on!”  So my dad made his way over to Fenway Park and met up with Marine, John Morley & his girlfriend, Eva.  

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I was pretty impressed that my dad still coordinated everything without having access to his phone.  But he made it happen!

John was nominated by our 3rd guest ever, BJ Ganem.  We had the honor of hosting John back in 2013 at a Boston Celtics game & we have been trying to get him to another event over the last couple of years, but he has been very busy starting up his own business. 

My dad met up with John at Boston Beer works for lunch before the game & enjoyed the opportunity catch up with Him and meet his new girlfriend Eva. They also reminisced about the Celtics Experience and how much fun it was.

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They snapped a few pictures outside the stadium before John & Eva headed inside to the famous Fenway Park.  

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Meanwhile, my dad attempted to find a cheap ticket to go inside & eventually decided it was more important for him to try to get his phone fixed.  Because he had a few loose ends to tie over the next few days.  

John made sure to take a few pictures inside the stadium & sent them to us.  He & Eva enjoyed a beautiful day at the ballpark & got to see an exciting 6-5 Walk off win by the Red Sox!

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Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Boston Beer Works for providing a delicious pregame meal & New Era for providing Red Sox Caps!

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

Most importantly, we want to thank Marine SGT John Morley for your service & sacrifices to our country.  It was an honor & a pleasure to host you again.  We truly hope you had a great time at the game.

My dad will be back on the overnight Megabus tonight.  He will be back in New York hosting warriors at tomorrows Mets game.  Stay tuned for more details!

MEET MARINE JOHN MORLEY

Retired US Navy Chief John Morley is the founder and President of Shellback Industries, a CVE certified service disabled veteran owned small business. Shellback Industries provides construction management services, a project delivery system that facilitates demolition and site preparation by organizing people, materials and equipment.

John Morley began a career serving his country when he enlisted in the Navy in October of 1996. After boot camp, attending “A” School and a deployment to the Persian Gulf onboard the USS Princeton CG-59, John was inspired to become a US Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) Diver. Following an extensive EOD training program and graduation in May of 2001, he reported to Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit THREE in Coronado, California.

After the tragedy of September 11th, 2001, John’s team was deployed to Afghanistan in support of the Global War on Terror. Over the next five years, he served three additional tours in support of OEF/OIF in Iraq, supporting various groups including U.S. Marines, Navy Special Warfare, and Task Force Troy.

In May of 2006 three months into a deployment to Iraq, John was in the process of gathering intelligence from a previously disarmed improvised explosive device. While reaching down to collect the explosive component of the device it detonated, resulting in the loss of his right hand. His next two years were filled with surgeries and rehabilitation before he medically retired from active duty in April of 2008.

After his retirement, John continued to work in the EOD field as a security contractor for the State Department, as well as for a private security company before working directly for the federal government as a Transportation Security Specialist (TSS-E) in the Explosives Operations Branch of the Department of Homeland Security. John left the federal government in October of 2016 to pursue full time Shellback Industries, a company he founded in October of 2015.

John is a native of Reading, Massachusetts where he attended Reading Memorial High School (Class of 1989) before going on to Plymouth State College where he graduated in 1995. John now resides in Waltham, Massachusetts with his service dog Nio, a 4 year old Doberman Pinscher.

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Our “PALS” Make Warrior Wishes Come True At Wrigley Field!

For the 2nd time this season, we teamed up with PALS (Patient Air Lift Services) to make Warrior Wishes come true.

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Throughout the past few years, Patient Airlift Service (PALS) has been a great partner.  They have given us the opportunity to fly 3-4 warriors on a private jet, multiple ballparks each year!  Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, PNC Park, Citizens Bank Park, White Sox Park and Yankee Stadium to name a few.  Earlier this year PALS provided an unforgettable experience at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox.

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Today they were hosting heroes at another iconic stadium, Wrigley Field.  Wrigley Field was built in 1914 & is the 2nd oldest Major League Ballpark behind Fenway Park.  Wrigley is home to the World champion Chicago Cubs!  

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Unfortunately, my dad was in Pittsburgh making Wishes come true at the Pirates game and was unable to meet up with the warriors even though this experience was right in our “backyard.”

Today PALS hosted Marines Valdemar Moreira & Alex Rodriguez as well as Army Sgt Brian Smith.  

The warriors all enjoyed flying on a private jet to Chicago. They were treated to a nice dinner & a hotel before having the opportunity to tour Wrigley Field before the game.

They even got to hang out in the dugout with a few of the players!!!  

Unfortunately, the Cubs were crushed by the Colorado Rockies & lost 9-1.  

At the end of the day, we are pretty sure the score didn’t really matter, because despite the loss, they all had an unforgettable experience!  

One of the Warriors had Cubs pitcher John Lackey take the hat off his head, autograph  it and the give  it to him.  That’s priceless stuff!

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank the Chicago Cubs and PALS for providing this memorable experience for these deserving warriors.  

TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

Most importantly, we want to thank Valdemar, Alex & Brian for your service & sacrifices to our country. It’s appreciated, has not gone unnoticed & will never be forgotten!  

My dad will be in Pittsburgh later today making wishes come true at the Pirates game.  Stay tuned for more details!

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The New York Yankees Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

After making wishes come true & hosting our old friend, Army SGT Matt Killian & his family at the Pirates game, my dad was off to the “Big Apple” on another overnight bus.  

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My dad’s bus pulled into New York City bright and early at 6:30am.  

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My dad had planned on catching up on overdue thank you cards & some paperwork during his downtime while he was on the road. However, all of his luggage & paperwork was still in Cleveland after it got locked inside of a Parking garage while he was making wishes come true at the Indians & Cavs game on Friday.  So this gave my dad some time to take in some of the sights & sounds of Times Square.  He parked himself on a bench & managed to complete a couple of posts. Thankfully he still had his phone!  

My dad eventually made his way to the Bronx to meet up with the warriors.  First to arrive were Army Sgt Michael Snyder and Marine Corey Houghtaling 

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Michael and Corey had to rush to the stadium in order to make it in time for the Yankees museum tour.  When they arrived, my dad quickly introduced himself and thanked the men for their service. Robbie and David from the Yankees met everyone outside the media gate & escorted the warriors on the VIP Tour.  

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Meanwhile, my dad waited outside to meet up with our other guests for the evening.   Marine Sgt Brian Norris arrived with his brother & wife a half hour later.  He had previously been on the tour.  

Once everyone was there, they all met up at the seats located right behind home plate & got to know each other.  

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The game itself was very entertaining.  The Yankees had an offensive explosion and the warriors enjoyed every minute of it!  Rookie, Aaron Judge & The “Bronx Bombers” blasted 5 Home Runs and beat the Orioles by the score of 16-3!

After the game, the warriors were treated to dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe located in Yankee Stadium.  Dinner at Hard Rock has become a staple of our Yankees Experiences!

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Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Cristina and the New York Yankees for their continued support of our mission.  From the pregame tour to the great seats behind home plate, you guys truly “knocked it out of the park” & provided an unforgettable experience! We also want to thank the Hard Rock Yankee Stadium for the delicious post game meal, Brian Maloney from Team Red White Blue for nominating so many deserving warriors across the northeast & New Era Cap for proving the Yankees caps that we will have to mail since they were still locked in the truck in Cleveland…

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

It was a pleasure and honor to host and Marine Sgt Brian Norris, Army Sgt Michael Snyder and Marine Sgt Corey Houghtaling.  We cannot thank them enough for their service & sacrifices! 

   My dad’s hopping on an overnight bus to Boston to host Marine John Morley at tomorrow’s Red Sox game.  Stay tuned for more details!

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Warrior Wishes Come True At The Pirates Game!

After making Warrior Wishes come true in Cincinnati & Cleveland & being spoiled by getting rides from friends and sleeping in an actual hotel, my dad was back on the bus.

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My dad hopped on an overnight bus at 2:15am.  There was one “small problem.” After they were done celebrating the Indians & Cavs wins my dad & Jason made their way back to his truck which was parked in a garage nearby.  The “small problem” was, the parking garage was locked up and there was no way in! 

This was very unexpected and confusing as the garage did say it close at 11:00 PM BUT “UNLESS SPECIAL EVENTS” . Apparently an Indians game AND an NBA Finals game are NOT “special events”. So Jason had to call for someone to give him ride home 45 minutes away and my dad hopped on that 2:15 AM bus with only the clothes on his back for a long week ahead.

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My dad arrived in Pittsburgh at around 9am.  He had some time to catch up on a little work and WOULD HAVE caught up on Thank You Cards, except for the fact that all his stuff is in Jason’s truck locked up in Cleveland.  He was able to get some rest & Thankfully able to get a couple posts done since he at least had his phone.  

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My dad was in Pittsburgh to host Army SGT Matt Killian at today’s Pirates game.  Matt is actually a very special guest as he was one of our original season guests in Cleveland when we started our mission in 2012.  We had a lot of fun rocking out before that Browns game at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!

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Sgt Killian and his family were excited for the Pirates game! They sent my dad a cool “Killians family on the way” picture from their car 

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The Killian family arrived at PNC park around 4pm.  They were treated to dinner at our favorite Pittsburgh dining spot, Atria’s. 

Atria’s has been helping make warrior wishes come true since 2013!  It’s the perfect place for food & drinks before and after every Pirates game!  Make sure to order their famous “pot roast nachos.”  

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My dad enjoyed catching up with SGT Killian & meeting his family over lunch.  We cannot thank Atria’s enough for their continued support!!!

After lunch, they snapped a few pictures in front of the stadium by the Willie Stargell statue but unfortunately could not give them their New Era Pirates hats since they were still locked in Jason’s truck back in Cleveland…

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It was very hot 90 degree day in Pittsburgh and their seats were in the sun.  so everyone had to keep a pretty good supply of water, especially the kids.  

The Marlins scored 3 runs in the first inning to take the early lead. The Pirates clawed back to tie the game at 3 by the third inning. From there the Marlins & Pirates went back & forth exchanging the lead Thankfully the Pirates came out on top 7-6.  It was a very exciting game!  Despite the heat, the kids made it the distance.  My dad tried to help keep the kids occupied and cool, so mom and dad could enjoy themselves too.

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We want to thank Atrias Restaurant for providing a delicious meal before the game and New Era Cap For providing Pirates Caps, which we will be sending out to the Killian family.  

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Most importantly, Thank You to Sgt Killian for your service & sacrifices to our great country!

After saying their goodbyes, Matt & his family headed home & my dad headed to the Greyhound station to catch another overnight bus. He’s headed to New York City for tomorrow’s Yankee game.  Stay tuned for more details!

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The Indians Roll Out The Red Carpet!

After hosting warriors at the Cincinnati Reds game on Thursday…

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My dad hitched a ride with Jason from VETS inc. & stayed overnight in Wooster, OH.  He spent Friday morning helping Jason distribute flags all over the town in preparation for the upcoming Flag day & 4th of July celebrations.  After distributing the flags, Jason & my dad hopped in the car & made their way to Cleveland.  On the way they made a pit stop in Canton to visit the Pro Football Hall of Fame.   

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They took a quick tour of the Hall & got to see the new stadium.  It looks a lot nicer than the high school stadium they used to use…

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We will be back in Canton in August to make Warrior Wishes come true during “Enshrinement Weekend.”  Nominate your hero today!

My dad wishes they could have stayed at Hall of Fame longer, but they had to get on the road to meet warriors at Rock N Roll Hall of Fame by 1pm.  

Upon arrival at the Rock and Roll hall of fame, my dad & Jason met up with Army Sgt Josh Geartz, Air Force Sgt Roger Strade and the Gold Star Family of Army Cpl Stephen McGowan.

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While touring the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, everyone got to know each other.  My dad learned more about Sgt Geartz mission.  He has been riding a bike 22 miles a day for the past few weeks in support of 422 for 22, a songwriting retreat organization. You can follow his mission by clicking on the image below.  

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After learning a little about music, each other and listening to some iconic tunes, everyone walked down the street to Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians. Josh and Lauren from the Indians met us at the Media Gate.  They went above and beyond to provide the warriors & their families an unforgettable experience & displayed incredible hospitality the entire night!  

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Once everyone checked in & got their credentials the group was escorted down onto the field. They parked us in a special area located directly in front of the dugout!  This made it very easy for players to stop by to say hi and show their appreciation for the warriors service and sacrifices.  

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Almost every player stopped by, including Cody Allen, Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and Francisco Lindor!  Many signed autographs and took pics with the group.  It was an incredible experience!  

The group got to watch Batting Practice from the field before  getting escorted to the seats.

My dad snuck out of the stadium during the game to meet up with Corwyn Collier, an inspirational warrior that we were honored to be hosting at game 4 of the NBA finals next door at the Quicken Loans Arena. 

Read his story here!

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In the 3rd inning, the Indians recognized the group on the Jumbotron & shared pictures and video of them enjoying their time hanging out with the players on the field before the game.  

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The team put the icing on the cake when they beat the white Sox by the score of 7-3 and everyone got to enjoy fireworks after the game!

My dad stuck around outside to watch game 4 of the NBA finals on the big TV located in between Progressive field and the Quicken Loans Arena.  It was a What a crazy sports night in the City of Cleveland as both the Indians & Cavs won their games.  

Operation Warrior Wishes would like to thank Josh, Lauren & the Cleveland Indians for rolling out the red carpet & providing a truly amazing unforgettable experience that these warriors and their families will never forget!  We also want to thank Greg & Ryan at the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame for giving us the opportunity to “rock out” with the warriors before the game, Jason at Vets Inc for partnering up with us to make these wishes come true & New Era Cap for providing Indians caps to the warriors & their families! 

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TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE! 

Most importantly, we want to show our appreciation to Army Sgt Josh Geartz, Air Force Sgt Roger Strade and the Gold Star Family of Army Cpl. Stephen McGowan. We are forever grateful for your selfless service & sacrifices.  We will never forget!

After a great night in Cleveland, my dad and Jason made their way back to the parking garage where they parked & found that the garage had closed up until Monday.  Jason’s car & my dad’s belongings were stuck inside.  But the show must go on…  my dad had to leave his stuff behind & made his way to the bus station, while Jason called a friend to pick him up.  My dad will be in Pittsburgh tomorrow to make Warrior Wishes come true at the Pirates game.  Stay tuned for more details.

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