Champions of Hope HonoreesPlease 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.
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. Dr. Falchook is the director of Sarah Cannon Research Institute at HealthONE, a clinical trials program which opened in 2014 in Denver for patients with advanced cancer. Previously, Dr. Falchook was a faculty member at U.T. MD Anderson Cancer Center for six years, developing investigator-initiated clinical trials, as well as collaborating with biotech industry partners to bring promising new drugs to cancer patients. Dr. Falchook has been the principal investigator or co-investigator of more than 220 clinical studies, including first-in-human studies and regimens that have received FDA approval. His research has been published extensively, including in the New England Journal of Medicine and The Lancet, with more than 170 publications in peer-reviewed journals, as well as more than 290 abstracts at national and international conferences.
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.