It's become commonplace for folks to launch GoFundMe pages when they're stricken with an illness and need help covering astronomical medical expenses.
In the case of Brandon Kelley, however, he'd like to use cash pledged toward his malady for a different purpose.
"Please, please help," the Pueblo resident writes in an e-mail to Westword. "I have a rare condition called Broncitis. You get it from never sitting down and rooting for your team all game. Doc says two weeks till I can recover."
Yes, Kelley is a self-described Broncos superfan — and he's raising money for a trip to watch his favorite squad play in the Super Bowl on February 7.
To prove that he's deserving of such beneficence, Kelley has festooned his GoFundMe page with photos aimed at proving his Broncos love, including this fiery stadium shot....
...and a look at some lovely blue-and-orange footwear:
He also pairs this pic....
...with text that reads, "Apperantly ice sculptures are now considered weapons. Tried to bring this into the stadium yesterday and donated it to the Horsemens bar under the Legendary South Stands... Security called the police on me and had me crush it or else... :( oh well... ."
Here's his GoFundMe pitch for donations:
I need you!! Due to corporate America hogging all the Super Bowl tickets and a crazy second hand market it's hard for the real fans to get in the game even as season ticket holders. I'm a super fan... A die hard... Rain, snow, ice, I'm always there! Help send me to the super bowl. I promise to rock my Broncos suit, to go down kicking and screaming till the last second of the game and lose my voice for all of Denver and all of the Broncos fans world wide! What ever it take a to get there I'm going! Anyone have a bike I can ride? I should get moving! Bleeding that orange and blue.
To date, money hasn't exactly been gushing in. At this writing, $175 has been pledged toward a goal of $4,500.
But Kelley isn't complaining.
An update reads, "Off to a great start! Maybe I won't be selling my kidney after all!"
Whether he'll be able to gain entrance to Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where the Super Bowl takes place, with just $4,500 to spend is another question.
While ticket prices are down substantially from last year, perhaps because buyers still remember the Broncos being blown out 43-8 by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 Super Bowl, they're still mighty pricey.
A quick visit to StubHub reveals costs ranging from just over $3,800 to a staggering $335,000 for a suite.
But Kelley is nothing if not optimistic. In his words, "Denver, turn up for the Broncos." For more information about his quest, click here.
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