Children's Hospital Colorado

"Junior Reporter" Patients Interview Denver Broncos Players

Some children dream of becoming reporters when they grow up. For a few Children's Hospital Colorado patients, these dreams became reality sooner than they'd ever imagined.

As part of our partnership, Junior Reporters have the opportunity to visit Broncos Headquarters and interview a Denver Broncos football player. Learn about their stories and experiences meeting the Broncos:

Meet Junior Reporter Damien Kowalczyk

A Denver Broncos football player signs a football for Children's Hospital Colorado Junior Reporter Damien Kowalczyk.

Children’s Colorado patient Damien Kowalczyk is a 9-year-old who attends our Medical Day Treatment Program due to a kidney disease. Damien loves going on field trips, playing air hockey and gym class. Learn why Damien calls his interview with Brandon Marshall the “coolest thing I have done in my life!”

Meet Junior Reporter Blake Cummins

A Denver Broncos football player poses for a picture with Children's Hospital Colorado Junior Reporter Blake Cummins.

Children’s Colorado patient Blake Cummins was born a Broncos fan. His love for the Broncos has helped carry him through his battle with leukemia. After undergoing a bone marrow transplant two years ago, Blake has returned to public school, is the manager of the middle school basketball team and remains an avid Bronco fan. Read his article about his interview with Broncos’ C.J. Anderson, where he tells “the whole story of C.J. Anderson.”

Meet Junior Reporter Chandra Barnes

Children's Hospital Colorado Junior Reporter Chandra Barnes interviews a Denver Broncos player.

Children’s Colorado patient Chandra Barnes loves the Denver Broncos and the Colorado Rockies. She has Noonan syndrome, had a heart transplant 4.5 years ago and currently is in remission from cancer. Chandra loves family time, her dog, playing games and playing with her dolls. Learn what surprised Chandra the most about her interview with Denver Broncos’ Sylvester Williams in her article “My interview with Sylvester Williams.”

Meet Junior Reporter Braden Roome

Children's Hospital Colorado Junior Reporter Braden Roome gets an autograph from a Denver Broncos player.

Children's Colorado patient Braden was a fighter from day one. Since the first hour after birth, Braden has braved eight different surgeries. He is now 13 years old and loves learning about the history and statistics of sports. Learn why Braden calls his interview with the Denver Broncos “the best day ever!”

Meet Junior Reporter Daniel Hailpern

A Denver Broncos football player poses for a picture with Children's Hospital Colorado Junior Reporter Daniel Hailpern.

Children's Colorado patient Daniel Hailpern was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia the day following his middle school graduation. Now at age 15, he has hosted the sports show in our Seacrest Studios, created the popular song parody “Broncos Go,” and, most importantly, beat cancer. Learn about Daniel's “awe” inspiring interview with the Denver Broncos.

Meet Junior Reporter Gabriel (Gabe) Santistevan

Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway poses for a picture with Children's Hospital Colorado Junior Reporter Gabriel Santistevan.

Children's Colorado patient Gabe was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer, at age 9. He didn’t let this diagnosis get in the way of his smiles, happiness, or his love for football. He is now stable and focused on a new mission: to help other kids in their cancer fight. Learn why Gabe describes his interview with the Denver Broncos as “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Take a look at Broncos visits to Children's Hospital Colorado.

Learn more about our partnership with the Broncos and what it means for Children's Colorado patients.