Chiefs home opener special for several fans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It's a big day for the Kansas City Chiefs as they faced the San Francisco 49ers.

Fans from all over the country and Kansas City came together to cheer them on.

Among the tailgaters, there were two special fans who are thankful just to be alive on game day.

For Stephanie Fajkus, sitting at Arrowhead and being with her family and friends is a blessing.

"This summer, I unfortunately I had three open-heart surgeries and was in the hospital for 81 days," he said. "So, my goal this summer was to be ready to go for the home opener."

The love for the Chiefs kept her going on the road to recovery.

"There was a lot of things that really kept me fighting," Fajkus said. "But I know this is super important to my husband and that he would want to be here today and want me to be with him."

While she may not attend the game, she has a new goal.

"It's still such a great experience and I'm just going to work my butt off for the next few weeks so that the next game I can be in and actually cheer on the team from inside," Fajkus said.

In a nearby parking lot, a Springfield teen's dream was coming true thanks to STLU Sports Outreach and KC Superfans.

"I've liked the 49ers like my whole life," 13-year-old Brandon Wincher said.

Wincher has a rare heart condition, which doctors have said it is terminal.

After receiving that diagnosis, he made a bucket list and seeing the 49ers play was near the top.

The organizations helped get his family tickets, threw him his own tailgating party, and even arranged for Wincher to meet some players.

His mom said no matter what happens in the next couple of months, seeing him at Arrowhead is priceless.

"It's hard not to cry, because, if you see the fight he goes through every day, the fight he does every day is what makes me stronger," Brandon's mom, Casey Waskoviak, said.

To help Brandon check off more experiences on is bucket list, visit https://www.gofundme.com/tators-bucket-list.

 


 

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