Nurses from Rhode Island and Massachusetts to attend Superbowl courtesy of Robert Kraft
FOXBORO, M.A. (WLNE) — Seventy-six healthcare workers from across New England will be attending Superbowl LV this weekend, courtesy of Patriots owner, Robert Kraft.
All 76 guests have already been vaccinated. They will be transported to and from the big game in Tampa Bay via the Patriots team jet.
“I was just flooded with emotions,” said Holley Tucker, a nurse who has been working the Covid-19 field hospital at the Rhode Island Convention Center.
“My whole body started shaking and I was in disbelief,” she said of the phone call letting her know she’s going.
Joining Tucker is Bill McGuire, normally a nurse at Kent Hospital, who has been working the Cranston field hospital since it opened.
“It’s incredible,” said McGuire. “It just sends a great message to everyone that works in healthcare.”
Even more special, the plane they are taking is the same jet that picked up over 1-million N-95 masks and other PPE items from China in April and delivered them to Boston for distribution across New England.
“I was really proud to call them our team, and then [Kraft] said: ‘Hey, we’re going to go on a plane that brought those masks over.’ It’s almost full circle,” said Jessica Tellier, a nurse at Emerson Hospital in Concord, MA.
In addition to the big game, the healthcare workers will attend a free concert featuring Miley Cyrus and receive a complimentary 2-night stay in a hotel.
Every healthcare worker ABC 6 spoke to said they are rooting for Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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