|Published:||Feb 05, 2011 2:14 AM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 04, 2011 11:16 PM EST|
CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A wounded Cape Coral solider is granted a dream come true.
Private First Class Corey Kent has weathered a long road to recovery after suffering extreme injuries during combat in Afghanistan. But today, he's celebrating the surprise of a lifetime. He scored a top-notch ticket to the Superbowl, free of charge.
General David Petraeus selected Corey, along with four other wounded soldiers, to take a few tickets off his hands...50-yard line seats to the Superbowl. The guys are flying out to the game First Class, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.
Corey's stepdad, Dan Ashby, says the die-hard Packers fan is ecstatic.
"Going to the Superbowl is one thing, but going to see your team-- that's the icing on the cake," Ashby said Friday.
The trip will mark Corey's first time travelling alone outside Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. Corey's endured months of rehabilitation there after losing both legs and the fingers on one hand in combat.
"I just focus on what I'm doing on a day to day basis, try to keep all that straight and heal up as fast as I can," Kent told WINK's partners at the News-Press last month.
But taking off for the game was no easy feat. First, Corey had to convince doctors he could take care of himself for the weekend.
"Corey's like no problem, I can do that. I'll take care of the meds and whatever else I have to do. He wasn't going to let anything stand in his way on going on the trip," Ashby said.
Corey's taking in his first ever pro-football game in high style. On Saturday, he's touring the stadium, and on Sunday, he'll be cheering on Green Bay from a suite on the 50-yard line.
"I said, this isn't the way it usually works when you go to a football game, so don't get too used to this!" Ashby chuckled.
Tonight, Corey's packing up his things and preparing to fly out to the game on his own. He tells family he's ready for his first stab at independence, Superbowl-style.
"This is going to be good for him. He's going to see that he can do things on his own and he can be away from the hospital and nothing is going to happen," Ashby said.
Kent will fly out with another wounded solider at Walter Reed Hospital for the game early Saturday morning.