|Perrysburg Commons resident to get long-held wish come true|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Friday, 13 September 2013 08:18|
PERRYSBURG - Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center, along with the University of Toledo football team is planning to give John Burkhart the chance to have a life-long wish fulfilled through the center's "Heart's Desire" program.
Burkhart, a native of Toledo, is an avid UT football fan and traveled all over the country to watch the Rockets play. He attended the first game held in The Glass Bowl in 1937 against Bluffton College. "I have always gotten a simple enjoyment out of going to the games. It is always a good game, no matter who they play," he said.
But Burkhart has been unable to attend a Rocket game since 2008 due to health problems.
Thanks to Perrysburg Commons and the UT football department, he will be leading the team unto the field during their first home game on Saturday. More than 40 of his family and friends plan to be in attendance to cheer him on. Among them will be his son and daughter-in-law, Perrysburg residents John and Amy Burkhart.
Burkhart Sr. retired after 28 years with the city of Toledo as the assistant law director and chief counsel. He also owned a private law firm in the area. He and his wife, Blanche, raised four children who all attended the University of Toledo.
Heart's Desire gives residents at Perrysburg Commons and other HCR ManorCare facilities nationwide, the chance to fulfill their wishes with the helpful planning and support from the staff and surrounding community. Thousands of Heart's Desires have been granted since the program's inception in 1997.
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