ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – Daniel Hailpern, a Denver-area high school student and cancer survivor, will take the stage with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday and announce the Broncos’ first-round pick in the NFL draft.
Hailpern will be in Chicago with the help of Make-a-Wish Colorado. The Broncos have the 31st pick of the opening round, which is the final selection of the draft’s first day.
Hailpern spent nine months in Children’s Hospital Colorado in 2014 as he battled leukemia and underwent a bone marrow transplant. During his recovery he was one of the hosts of a football show that was broadcast into all patient rooms at the hospital.
He still does the show, and several Broncos players have appeared on it, including linebacker Todd Davis.
Here’s a story from this past October about Hailpern’s recovery and his love of football, including his hometown Broncos as well as the Green Bay Packers.
“Make-A-Wish Colorado is beyond excited for Daniel’s opportunity at the 2016 NFL Draft,’’ Make-A-Wish Colorado’s Presiden/CEO Joan Mazak said in a statement. “We are so fortunate to have the support of the Denver Broncos and to partner with such a great organization to help fulfill the wishes of our football-loving kids.’’
Hailpern attended Super Bowl 50 this past February when the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers, 24-10.