KANSAS CITY, Mo. – While many of us are excited to see the Chiefs back on the pitch, the start of the season is a welcome distraction for some of our heroes off the pitch.
For those who work in the medical community, we know it has been a difficult time for you and we appreciate your sacrifices. That’s why, in honor of tonight’s home opener, we wanted to highlight a few superfans from our local hospital systems, including Zach Jason.
Not only is he a nurse at Truman Medical Center, but his wife is also in the medical field. So when the pandemic first hit, their biggest concerns revolved around bringing the virus home to their two children.
“So at first we were cleaning up before entering the house. We’ve relaxed that now, now that a lot of information is coming out that doesn’t affect the kids too much,” Jason explained.
Still, Jason acknowledges that we are not yet clear. And, sensing the fatigue of COVID-19 like so many of us, he said the return of the Chiefs offered a welcome bright spot during a difficult time.
“It’s something that I look forward to in my week, you know? And I think it helps us get through our shifts, those long 12 hour shifts, is having something to look forward to. “, did he declare.
This includes passing on a centuries-old tradition to his young son.
“I have a little dance that I do every time the Chiefs score a touchdown and my son does it, and he’s three, it’s so cute when he does, but it’s not cute when I do, “Jason admitted with a sheepish smile.
While Jason is hoping he and his son will do a lot of dancing this season, fellow fan Amanda Gartner is thrilled to be back in the sport, including her favorite player.
“Well I think everyone’s favorite player has to be Patrick Mahomes,” she said.
Like many, Gartner was relieved to see Mahomes re-signing with the Chiefs.
As Director of Infection Prevention and Control for the University of Kansas Health System, Gartner has been busy keeping patients and staff safe.
“So we put in an employee support team and they are staffed Monday through Friday. We even staffed them on weekends to answer questions and make sure they can perform testing,” a- she explained.
But now, worries and long hours aside, Gartner has said that the Chiefs’ return at least feels like a small part of normal life has resumed.
“I think this is really a time when it’s more important than ever, and everyone is so excited because we’re bored and ready to see the sport again. So I think it’s a time. really exciting to be a Chiefs fan, ”she said.