DENVER, Colo. – Fans and coaches alike traded in their traditional orange and blue attire for purple, the official color for Alzheimer’s, at the Denver Bronco’s training camp in honor of its third annual Alzheimer’s Awareness Day.
In a check presentation outside of camp, Empower Retirement and the Broncos donated $50,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association,
“We are really really proud to be here with the Alzheimer’s Association, the Broncos, and the Bowlen family to really kick off the fundraising efforts,” says the Denver Bronco’s Angie Ruddell.
Since 2014, the Denver Broncos have raised more than $650,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Alzheimer’s is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death, with more than 6.2 million Americans living with the disease, something the Broncos want to help here in Colorado,
“76,000 Coloradans are living with Alzheimer’s today,” says KREX5’s Reilly Spence.
Some of the donation will not only go towards funding research, but to the healthcare workers as well.
An estimated 158,000 volunteer Colorado caregivers provided 184 million hours of unpaid care in 2020; something the Bronco’s Bowlen family would like to repay after their father and former owner of the Denver Broncos passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2019,
“We want to tell all the caregivers out there in Colorado that we’re thinking of you, that we’re with you, and we’re here to support you,” says the Denver Bronco’s Brittany Bowlen.
A tent set up during training camp allowed fans to grab some purple gear, and learn more about Alzheimer’s before heading over to the grass to watch their favorite players.
The team will continue to fundraise for the Alzheimer’s Association and many other charities throughout its upcoming football season.