An Eastmark High School football player got the surprise of his life yesterday from the Arizona Cardinals after they learned he's been battling cancer since last month. Now, the Firebirds' No. 48 found out he's going to this year's Super Bowl LVII next month.
Kevin Winegar, a linebacker for the school's 3A State Championship-winning football team in the Queen Creek Unified School District, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and was hospitalized shortly after winning the title in late November. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow that affects white blood cells.
On Friday, Winegar was well enough to attend an athletics assembly at his school... that turned out to be a cover for the big surprise. That's where the Arizona Cardinals presented him with a special recognition and tickets to the big Feb. 12 championship game at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. His team and classmates were all in attendance, cheering him on, as their support has been steadfast.
"I'm speechless," Winegar said after the Cardinals presented him with the Super Bowl tickets. "It definitely shows me that I have the support that I need."
His family has developed a GoFundMe account called Winegar Strong, where they explain what's going on and regularly give updates. For those who would like to contribute to the costs of his recovery can donate HERE.
Winegar has finished his first round of chemotherapy and is facing two years of ongoing treatment, but his faith, family and friends are keeping his mindset positive.
Read more about Winegar HERE.