TAMPA — John Sorrick is headed to Super Bowl LV.
“Joy. Overwhelming joy. Rejuvenation,” Sorrick, a respiratory therapist with the University of Kansas Health System, said. “Just to receive that amount of appreciation and to be in a situation like this, to come down and to watch the Chiefs possibly win a Super Bowl? Are you kidding me?”
Sorrick is one of 18 from the hospital who won tickets from the NFL. The league is honoring 7,500 health care workers with the ultimate gift; a Super Bowl experience.
“Back in March last year, back in May, back in August, back in October, when these spikes were coming and going, this was the furthest thing from my thought,” Sorrick said. “It’s been a rough year and to end it here is amazing.”
He spent last year watching the big game with his wife, Melissa, and their children, John and Luna. Although they’re not together for this Chiefs Super Bowl, they’re in his heart like the patients he’s cared for throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We’re there. When we’re holding the iPad so you can say final words to your family members -- We’re there,” he said. “Know we are unified with you. We’re there to support you. We’re there to help you out the best we can. We’re there.”