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Perrysburg Commons Retirement Center, along with the University of Toledo football team, will give John Burkhart the chance to have a lifelong wish fulfilled through the centers “Heart’s Desire” program.

Burkhart is an avid University of Toledo football fan and traveled all over the country to watch the Rockets play. He attended the first game held in The Glass Bowl in 1937 against Bluffton College. 

“I have always gotten a simple enjoyment out of going to the UT games.  It is always a good game, no matter who they play,” Burkhart said.

Burkhart has been unable to attend a Rocket game since 2008 due to health problems. Thanks to Perrysburg Commons and the UT football department, he led the team unto the field during their first home game on Saturday.  More than 40 of his family and friends were in attendance to cheer him on.     

The Heart’s Desire program gives residents at Perrysburg Commons and other HCR ManorCare facilities nationwide, the chance to fulfill their wishes with the helpful planning and support from the staff and surrounding community.  Thousands of Heart’s Desires have been granted since the program’s inception in 1997.

Burkhart, a native of Toledo, retired after 28 years of service with the city of Toledo as the assistant law director and chief counsel.  He also owned a private law firm in the Toledo area.  He and his wife, Blanche raised four children who all attended the University of Toledo.