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Game 35 – The Atlanta Falcons Make Warrior Wishes Come True!

We kicked off week 12 with a bang making Warrior Wishes come true on thanksgiving day in Detroit & Dallas!  

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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.  

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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.  

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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.

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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.  

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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.

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My dad said everyone had a great time at the game.  The Warriors were cheering every play and booing every bad one.  

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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.  

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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.

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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!

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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

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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

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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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Game 19 – Warrior Wishes Come True In Atlanta!

My dad had a few days off in between making Warrior Wishes come true in Phoenix & flying out to Atlanta.  He was willing to take an 18 hour bus ride for $1 to get there, but I scored airfare for less than $50 and couldn’t pass it up.

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We kicked off week 8 hosting Army CWO Robert Sean Gannon, Army SGT Jason Nichols (wife,Shannon, also served in the Army for 2 years), Army Sgt Jeffrey Shonk & honoring the legacy of Lt Col Marshall Gutierrez at the Atlanta Falcons game.  (Meet the Warriors below)
Here are some of our favorite memories from making warrior wishes come true in Atlanta.
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Before the game my dad met up with the Warriors at CNN for a tour of their operation.
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The 55-minute guided walking tour included exclusive, behind-the-scenes views of Atlanta’s CNN studios and an exciting glimpse of news and broadcasting in action from the world headquarters of the Worldwide Leader in News. The Warriors even had the opportunity to practice being a weatherman on the green screen!
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A few hours before kickoff everyone made their way over to the ATLBucs tailgate for some pregame food & drinks.
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We would like to thank the Atlanta Falcons for going above & beyond to help us honor these brave warriors by providing 17th row tickets to the game.
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The Falcons made a great comeback to send the game into overtime, but ended up falling short to the Bucs by the score of 23-20.  Despite the loss the Warriors had a great time at the game & our day wasn’t over yet.
My dad escorted the Warriors over to the players parking lot after the game.  The guys had the opportunity to meet & get autographs from a lot of Falcons players including star running back Devonta Freeman!  It was the perfect way to end our day.
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Not only did we host heroes at 3 football games this weekend, my dad also hosted & honored 4 gold star family members of fallen hero Army SGT Philip Dodson at the Georgia Aquarium
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My dad eventually  jumped on the MARTA and got some rest at the Atlanta Airport before catching his early morning bus to Charlotte to make Warrior Wishes come true at the Panthers game.
We would like to thank the Atlanta Falcons for providing tickets, ATLBucs for hosting everyone at your tailgate, New Era for providing Falcons caps for the warriors, CNN for providing the tour & the Georgia Aquarium for hosting the Dodson Family.  Most importantly, we would like to thank the warriors for their service and sacrifices.  We truly hope you had a great time and the memories last a lifetime.
TOGETHER WE MAKE WARRIOR WISHES COME TRUE!

MEET THE WARRIORS

ARMY CWO ROBERT SEAN GANNON

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Army CWO Robert Sean Gannon is currently a Chief Warrant Officer 2 serving as a UH-60 Blackhawk Instructor Pilot.  Gannon joined the Army in 2008 and has deployed twice as an aviator to Afghanistan. He has a wife and three girls, ranging in age from 7 months to 9 years old. He & his family are currently stationed at Fort Rucker, AL where Gannon teaches primary and instrument phases of the Army’s flight school. He enjoys spending time with his family and flying aircraft in his free time

ARMY SGT JASON NICHOLS

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Jason Nichols grew up in Chatsworth, GA. He enlisted in the Army after he graduated High School. After completing training for Field Artillery at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, he was stationed at Fort Carson,  Colorado.  Nichols deployed with the 4th Infantry Division twice- Iraq in 2008 and then Afghanistan in 2011. SGT Nichols served in the Army until 2013 and then moved back home to Georgia. He enjoys restoring and customizing vehicles and spending time with his wife and four kids.

ARMY SGT JEFFREY SHONK

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Jeffrey Shonk joined the United States Army July 8th of 2008. He was stationed at Fort Stewart, GA  & deployed for the first time in July of 2010.

2 months and 10 days into his first deployment on September 23rd Jeffrey, PFC Gebrah Noonan, and SPC John Carrillo were shot in their room by their roommate.

Jeffrey is the only survivor from that tragic night. He spent the next 4 years in rehab learning how to walk and talk again after being shot in the head as well as working to get back to normal once he mastered walking and talking.

Jeffrey is currently in culinary school following his second dream to become a top chef like one of his Idols Tom Keller. Jeffrey has a wife Ashley and three children with a fourth on the way. 

It was an honor to host these warriors at the Falcons game and make their Warrior Wishes come true!  We have now made Warrior Wishes come true at 19 NFL games this season.  Follow our mission to honor heroes and keep legacies alive by providing once in a lifetime experiences at all 32 NFL stadiums in 1 season for our 4th year in a row at warriorwishes.org.

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