Resident John Mitchell with Mayor Roswarski

On Feb. 26, 2017, John Mitchell, a resident at Heritage Healthcare in West Lafayette, Indiana, enjoyed a Purdue women’s basketball game with Lafayette Mayor Tony Roswarski.


Mitchell and Mayor Roswarski have been friends for approximately 20 years. Mitchell suffers from muscular dystrophy, and the friends met while volunteering to help fundraise for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, an organization that combats muscular dystrophy and diseases of the nervous system and muscular system.


Mitchell and Mayor Roswarski used to attend games regularly together, but as Mitchell’s condition declined, it was harder for him to go out. Recently, the mayor wanted to take Mitchell to a game, so the facility arranged transportation and sent Anthony Fattore, clinical liaison, along to help out.


During the game, the mayor bought Mitchell a souvenir Purdue hat, and he now wears it every day.


“John had an amazing time at the game,” said Fattore. “He smiled from ear to ear the entire time. He was energized by the crowd and the excitement and seemed like a man half his age.”


Mitchell and Roswarski celebrated a great game with the Lady Boilermakers winning 61-59 by a last-second shot.


The friends are already planning their next game to attend.