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Jesse Saw the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field

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    About Jesse

    Jesse is 84 years old and has lived and worked in Chicago all of his life. He is one of 13 children, and is the last surviving son in his family.

    Jesse and all of his brothers served honorably for our country. Jesse is proud to have served in the U.S. army during the Korean War.

    After his service, Jesse worked at Wisconsin Steel for 29 years. Unfortunately, he was laid off just one year before receiving his pension. He then went to work at Campbell Soup Company until he retired.

    Jesse coached boxing on the side, and even trained one of the south side of Chicago’s only Golden Gloves Champs! Wanting to continue his education and set an example for his family, Jesse completed his GED at age 50.  He is a determined, strong spirit.

    He has always been a dedicated, lifelong Bear Fan, but has never been to a Bears Game. We felt he deserved to have his dream come true

    Jesse's Dream Come True at the Chicago Bears Game

    Jesse’s Dream came true on January 3rd, 2016, when the Chicago Bears played the Detroit Lions. Jesse, his sons John and Jesse, and his grandson Roman arrived at the stadium around 10:00am for the game. The Bears staff met Jesse with a wheelchair at the gate and led the way down to the field.


    Outside the Stadium


    Jesse’s family and the One Dream team got to watch the pregame warmup on the field!


    The Group on the Field


    Staley Da Bear even stopped by to say hi!


    Jesse and Staley Da Bear


    Staley also knighted Jesse…or at least we hope that’s what he’s doing here!


    Staley Da Bear Knighting Jesse


    Although the Bears didn’t win, it was a close, exciting game, and Jesse had a blast cheering for the team.


    Bears Score!


    Jesse called the experience, “The best day of his life.”

    Jesse and Family at the Bears Game


    Thank You

    Thank you to the Chicago Bears for donating tickets for Jesse and his family, and for the pre-game experience down on the field.

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    Big thanks to Uber for donating transportation to and from Soldier Field.

    Thanks so much to Diffract Creative for donating production and editing services to tell Jesse’s story.

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    Last but not least, thank you to all the generous donors who made this dream possible.

    Patty Alverez Garcia
    Mack & Gina Baxter
    The Benwitz Family
    The Borta Family
    The Butz Family
    Larry & Linda Casserly
    The Evangelista Family
    The Fonsino Family

    Dave & Pam Horwath
    Patty & Noel Lavasseur
    Jose Lopez
    Marjorie Hoehn
    Bill Hoff
    Tim & Erica Horwath
    Tony & Donna Wade
    The Laurenz Family

    Alli Luft
    Deborah Medina
    Michael & Dawn Mondschein
    Rick & Linda Pogvara
    Jordan Rifis
    The Salavitch Family
    Kevin Stoll
    Kim Witt

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