Journey 48
December 26-29, 2014

A 16 year old young man, from South Dakota, fighting Pilomyxoid Astrocytoma (Brain Cancer), enjoyed a Journey to see the Denver Broncos play the Oakland Raiders in Denver!

What an adventure!!!!!!!!
Our young man and his family were flown to Denver from Rapid City, South Dakota on a private jet, provided by Sports Authority at no cost!!!!

The family was then picked up at the airport with a limo provided by Sports Authority, and taken to the Westin Denver Downtown Hotel.

The Westin provided accommodations (at no cost) in the Tabor Suite, and gave our family tickets to "A Christmas Carol" at the Denver Center for Performing Arts!!!

The following morning, Charlie O's Photography was waiting outside the Westin to capture the memories as they happened! Charlie donated his time and efforts to the Journey!

We had a slight delay as the dreaded Evil Empire...the Raiders, were staying at the Westin and were loading on to their buses at the same time the limo was coming to pick up the family. A Last Minute Limos and our driver, Joseph Lujan, provided a stretch limo also at no cost, to transport everyone for the entire day’s events and back!!!!

Now, on to the Broncos game...
Our family got to get up close and see the Broncos players walking in to the stadium (Sports Authority Field at Mile High) to get ready for the game. Then, inside the tunnel, our young man got to meet Thunder (the Broncos' Arabian horse), and the Denver Broncos Cheerleaders!!! 
It was then onto the field for the team warmups, pictures, and the beginning of the game.

During the first television network timeout of the game, the Broncos made our kiddo the Broncos Country Hero of the Game, and did a presentation on the JumboTron in front 76,000 fans to see while our family was in the North end zone!! But wait, that's not all!!!! Our family got to be the guests of Sports Authority in their private Suite, to watch the game!
During the second quarter of the game, Miles the Mascot came up to the Suite and gave our young man a Miles hat and a signed Peyton Manning Jersey!!!  Not done with our kiddo yet. Sports Authority also presented him with a GoPro Camera and a $500 gift card!!!!
There was lots of food, including sushi, snacks, and drinks available in the Suite.
The Broncos won!!!!! 47 - 14! Excitement abounded!
After the game, our kiddo asked if the limo could take him to a Sports Authority store so he could spend his gift card, and everyone went to watch him!
Drat! The day had to end, and the limo took the family back to the Westin.  The next morning, Sports Authority provided a private jet ride back home to South Dakota for the family!!!!
Kevin Torres and Enrico Meyer from 9News Denver, did a great photojournalism story on our young man!!!!

Special thanks to ALL that made this Journey happen!
   Michael Foster, Kelly Boyle and Mike Foss with Sports Authority
   Jamie Crain, Katie Corfee, Sarah Beckner, Tom Curley, Susan Stiff, and
   Denise Rodriguez
with the Westin
   Charlie Ogard with Charlie O's Photography
   Joseph Lujan and Pat McGrew with A Last Minute Limos
   The Denver Broncos
   Miles the Mascot

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