Super Bowl Celebration Away from Home

February 04, 2018 10:52 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Gift of Life Transplant House patients came together on Super Bowl Sunday. While there was some interest in the outcome … “We still have a very serious Green Bay - Vikings rivalry that still seems to go on. Even though neither of those teams is featured today in the Super Bowl,” said Mary Wilder, the Executive Director of the G.O.L. Transplant House.

The Transplant House has strict rules about where food is served. “But on this one day – Super Bowl Sunday - we get to have food up in this special room,” said Wilder. “It brings some normalcy to their lives that would otherwise be missing.”


And what would the Super Bowl be without smoked turkey, pizza, chips and of course ... wings?!

On Sunday, Vikings fan, Lamke, was rooting for the Patriots. “The Eagles, my hats off to them on their win. I think our fan base was a lot nicer to them than they were to us.”

His wife has multiple myeloma and had a stem cell transplant.

“To me, the real heroes here are the patients here,” said Lamke.

Patients like Austin Acree, who is recovering from his second kidney transplant. 

While the two are cheering for different teams … “I am rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles,” said Acree. 

Ultimately, Lamke and Acree were just grateful for the company.

“Having the people here and the friendships here makes all the difference,” said Lamke.

“Just being around these people is a huge inspiration,” said Acree. 

Providing a home away from home, during the biggest game of the year.


Hannah Tiede

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