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Broncos fan gets lifetime chance to attend game, VIP

A devoted Denver Broncos fan and recently had an experience of a lifetime – and there’s much more to come.

Regina Dekoevend is a Pueblo West resident with cerebral palsy, and although it’s kept her confined to bed for 61 years, it has never dampened her spirit or her love for Denver Broncos football.

And now she’s getting a star-studded treatment, thanks to a series of events set in motion by a solitary autograph.

On Sept. 14, Dekoevend will attend the Bronco game in Denver against the Kansas City Chiefs and will be treated to a VIP experience.

She will wear an autographed jersey to the game, meet other Bronco players and experience other surprises still up the sleeves of those organizing the day, including the Denver Bronco organization.

Last week, Broncos legend Randy Gradishar went to Dekoevend’s home to present her with jerseys autographed by current player Wes Welker and Gradishar himself, so that she can wear one to the game.

“I am so excited for the game!” Dekoevend said.

American Medical Response employee Chris McMahan knows Dekoevend from transporting her for several years, and knows her deep love for the Broncos.

This summer he met Gradishar and wanted to get his autograph to give to Dekoevend.

When he told the former football player about Dekoevend, McMahan said he could see the wheels turning in Gradishar’s head.

“He called me four hours later with a number at the Broncos to call,” McMahan said. “The Broncos have grabbed ahold of this and just gone crazy. It’s going to be amazing.”

A team from AMR will transport Dekoevend to and from the game and provide her care, donated along with the ambulance use for the day.

The Phil Long Family of automotive dealerships (which Gradishar works with) arranged and donated the game tickets and VIP experience.

McMahan said Dekoevend told her that her love for the Broncos began when she was a young child.

Because she was confined to be with cerebral palsy, she couldn’t go outside and run around like other neighborhood children were doing.

On Sundays, she and her dad would always watch the Bronco games together.

That ritual became a huge part of her life, one that she is still devoted to today.

The Pueblo West View will follow up with Dekoevend after the Sept. 14 game to recount her once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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