Cindy’s Front Row Experience: Dallas Cowboys Game
Meet Cindy Cripps.
Cindy is an amazing woman who loves her family something fierce. They are the center of her world. Her husband Robbie, son James, daughter-in-law Heather, and twin grandsons Damien and Aiden think the world of her too. They spend copious amounts of time together camping, playing at the lake on the party barge, cooking in the backyard, and of course watching football; American’s favorite team – The Dallas Cowboys.
When she was first diagnosed 16 years ago with End Stage Renal Disease, she was extremely sick that entire year. She spent most of her time in the hospital. There were times the doctors were not sure if she was going to make it. They discovered she had a blood disorder and eventually Cindy did receive a kidney transplant. Unfortunately, it only lasted for three years. She went back on dialysis and then in 2009 was diagnosed with breast cancer. She opted for a double mastectomy and never looked back.
Cindy’s super power is loving her family. She gathers her strength from them and was not going to let End Stage Renal Disease or Cancer stop her from making the most of this life with her family at the core. She chooses to Live Life in the Front Row every day. She continues to faithfully receive dialysis treatments three times a week and was told last year that she no longer qualifies for another kidney transplant. She is still processing that news, but she credits her good health today to eating right, staying active, and her family, especially the support of her loving husband, Robbie.
Cindy and her family are avid Dallas Cowboys fans. Cindy has loved the team since she was 5. Then when she was older – she met her husband Robbie. He was from Texas and a huge Dallas Cowboys fan. Love at first sight! They watch every game together as a family. They have been cheering their team on for years. As Cindy says, “The Dallas Cowboys are America’s team!”
When Cindy’s family took her out to dinner disguised as a birthday dinner for her daughter in-law Heather, Cindy had no idea what was in store for her that evening. Heather, started to open a card and then turned to Cindy and indicated it wasn’t for her – it was for Cindy! Cindy, right then and there, found out she and her husband would be going to the Dallas Cowboys game at the Dallas Cowboys AT &T Stadium in Arlington, Texas! Cindy’s children and grandchildren did not want to miss out – so they decided to come along! Event Directors, Kellie and Rebecca, got to work creating the most memorable experience Front Row Style!
The day before the game, Kellie and Rebecca decided to call Cindy and share a surprise. Cindy answered the phone and told them how excited she was about the big game the following day. Well, what Cindy did not know was that she and her family were about to go to the Stadium that night for a tour! Cindy was beyond surprised and so grateful. That night, when she got to the Stadium for her tour, she and Robbie took a Front Row pose picture with the mascot and sent it to Kellie and Rebecca. Talk about a #frontrowmoment \o/
The following day, on a sunny November morning, in Dallas Texas, Cindy and her family were getting ready to start their day. All dressed up with huge smiles on their faces, Cindy and her whole family greeted Kellie and Rebecca at their hotel room. After some tight hugs and high fives, it was time to get this day started!
But first – there must be gifts. A beautiful flower arrangement complete with Dallas Cowboys colors and a HUGE football balloon sat on the table next to Cindy while she opened her presents. She was showered with a journal to keep her thoughts, a mug to hold her coffee, a set of beautiful earrings and so much more! Don’t forget the Live Life in the Front Row bracelets!
After some chit-chat, pictures, and a pep talk via Facetime with Front Row Foundation’s Co-Founder, Jon Vroman, it was time to get this show on the road! The whole gang was off and ready for the Best Day Ever. \o/
As Cindy and her family walked outside the hotel, they were greeted with a 14 passenger stretch limousine complete with a red carpet! Darrell, our driver, greeted Cindy with a huge smile and an even bigger hug. After some Front Row poses and more laughter, we all gathered into the limo to head over to the AT&T Stadium.
Cindy and her family had never been in a limo before! Her grandsons had a blast riding in style. They were secretly hoping that people passing by might think they were someone famous.
As we got closer to the stadium, it became clearer and clearer just how large this stadium was. The parking lots were filled with tailgaters who were cooking, listening to music, playing football, and other lawn games. Some people even had huge big screen TV’s set up with football playing! The limo by-passed all the commotion and pulled right up to the stadium entrance where were were let out. We headed over to entrance A where Cindy’s tickets were scanned.
Once inside the stadium, we headed towards our seats. We walked down lots of stairs and finally arrived at our section. We showed the usher our tickets and started to make our way to our seats. Cindy looked up and said, “Wow! Are we going to the Front Row?!?!” YES! Right there, at the AT&T stadium, watching her beloved Dallas Cowboys, in the actual Front Row. Cindy’s eyes were as big as saucers, and Robbie was beaming! It was truly a dream come true.
Everyone took their seats and sat in awe looking at the jumbotron. It was HUGE! The game was about to begin. Out ran the famous cheerleaders along with the cowboys carrying the Cowboys flags! The music was blasting along with fireworks and the crowd was going wild. The cheerleaders all lined up and out runs the team! It was perfection. Everyone stood and the stadium grew quiet. A gigantic flag was brought out that covered the entire field and was a very moving site to witness. We placed our hands on our hearts and sang the National Anthem. It was time for the game to begin and Cindy was bouncing with excitement and anticipation in her seat as the kick-off took place.
After some food, cheering, dancing, and of course more front row pictures, it was already half time. The game was tied – 10 to 10 – Cindy was all smiles and a bunch of nerves!
The halftime show was especially moving. It was “Support our Troops” day and service men and women of all branches of the armed services were present. The tribute to those who serve our country was amazing and was one of Cindy’s favorite parts of her Front Row Experience. There was live music played by military members during the demonstration. It was truly a moving, magical experience. It made us all proud to be Americans.
With the second half about to begin – it was time to get our game faces on. The Cowboys had an amazing season thus far, and today would be no different! The Cowboys did not disappoint. They won the game!!!!! To celebrate – Dallas Cowboys shirts for all!
It was time to say goodbye to AT&T Stadium. We loaded back into the limousine and hit the road for some chow. The limo ride was full of laughter, recounts of different plays in the game, and stories of what everyone’s favorite part of the day was. All that talk and excitement really built up everyone’s appetites!
The limousine pulled into the Restaurant parking lot. It was time to feast on some steaks! We were seated next to an amazing fireplace and were treated like royalty. With cocktails in hand, we cheersed to an incredible and memorable day and another great win for the Cowboys – but most importantly to Cindy and her health. We love you Cindy!
With our bellies full and our hearts afloat, we once again loaded back into the limousine. When we arrived back at the hotel. We sat in the lobby and shared some favorites of the day as well as a video made for Cindy from one of our biggest Front Row Fans, Scot Lowry. It was time to say goodbye and there were lots of hugs. It was truly a Front Row experience no one will ever forget. \o/
It was such a pleasure to create this amazing day for you and your family. You are so full of spirit and love and it shines through your soul like the blazing sun. You are a gift to this world. I am so honored to have spent time with you and I look forward to hearing more about your other #frontrowmoments. Keep living life in the front row! \o/
It was so fun to spend time with you, Ronnie, and your family. Your warm heart and upbeat, inspiring spirit made me feel like I had known you forever. I am inspired by your grateful nature and you have handled all the adversity like a champion, never giving up. I feel blessed to have been able to help plan and co-host your Front Row Experience. You are part of an even larger family now and we will be cheering you on always!