Champions of Hope Honorees

Please help us celebrate our community honoree, the Denver Broncos and medical honoree, Dr. Gerald Falchook with HealthONE and join us for a fantastic evening that will inspire you to raise awareness and funding for one of the most important causes in our lives – cancer.
  


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MEDICAL HONOREE

Gerald Falchook, MD
Director of Drug Development
Sarah Cannon Research Institute at HealthONE


This year, we are honored to award Dr. Gerald Falchook as our Champion of Hope for the amazing work he is doing in the fight against cancer.

“Patients sometimes ask me if I believe in miracles. I tell them that not only do I believe in miracles but that I have already seen a few. And I see more of them each year.

Because of advances in our understanding of the biology of cancer over the past 30 years, new drugs are in development today to target cancer cells in a more precise and effective way than was possible in the past. Today, there are hundreds of clinical trials of new drugs that either attack the molecular machinery of cancer cells or harness our own immune system to fight cancer.

A clinical trial is the epitome of hope. It is the culmination of years of painstaking work in the lab, often by hundreds of scientists, to develop a new treatment which may one day extend the lives of patients with cancer, improve their quality of life, and perhaps even cure some cancers.

I have the privilege every day of offering such hope to patients who are referred to my clinic in search of a promising clinical trial. Sarah Cannon Research Institute at HealthONE opened in 2014 with the goal to increase access to clinical trials for cancer patients in the Denver area, so that patients do not have to travel far from home to access the most promising, cutting edge treatments.”

  
  


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COMMUNITY HONOREE

For the past three years, the Denver Broncos have been proud to partner with the American Cancer Society through our "Fight Like A Bronco" campaign. In September 2015, Denver Broncos Assistant Turf Manager Luke Kellerman was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and began formulating a proposal for an expansion of the NFL's "A Crucial Catch" campaign.

Seven months later, the proposal came to life when the team announced "Fight Like A Bronco," an all­inclusive initiative recognizing all those affected by cancer. The yearlong campaign focuses on research, prevention and screenings, support for those currently battling cancer, and celebrating survivors.

While Kellerman tragically lost his battle with cancer on October 26, 2017 at age 34, his legacy lives on through the team's "Fight Like a Bronco" campaign. Since the program's inception, we have donated nearly $200,000 for research and screenings in low-income Colorado communities, celebrated more than 600 cancer survivors and caregivers through game day experiences at Broncos Stadium at Mile High, and developed a commemorative and branded t-shirt with 100% of the proceeds supporting cancer-fighting initiatives in Colorado.

On behalf of our entire organization, the Denver Broncos Football Club is honored and excited to have been chosen as the 2019 Community Champion of Hope. We hope that you will join us in November as we are recognized at the 7th Annual Champions of Hope Gala, and partner with us as we work to help finish the fight against cancer.


Allie Engelken
Executive Director of Community Development Denver Broncos Football Club