Broncos Fever Mobile Treatment Unit treats fans and screens for colorectal cancers

Sept. 6, 2017
Ambulance workers on the orange and blue Broncos Fever ambulance give information to "patients" including a toddler girl who holds some orange gear and looks up at her parents while they get "treatment" for being Bronco fans.
Patients suffering from Broncos Fever can get treatment on a mobile unit that is also offering screening for colorectal cancers. Photo by UCHealth.

As the Denver Broncos prepare for their regular season debut on Monday Night Football on Sept. 11, UCHealth has begun to see signs that cases of Broncos Fever are on the rise. The circumstances are so dire that UCHealth chose to deploy the brand new Broncos Fever Mobile Treatment Unit to reach fans across the state. Those showing symptoms around Colorado now have the opportunity to be officially diagnosed with and treated for the incurable — and highly contagious — condition. The UCHealth Broncos Fever Mobile

Treatment Unit is a mobile lab devoted to the study and treatment of Broncos Fever. This full-size, revamped ambulance is equipped with the most innovative fandemic tools and response team. It patrols the streets, responding to documented cases of Broncos Fever everywhere.

Click here to see a video of the Broncos Fever mobile unit.

Q: Why Colorectal Cancer Screenings?

A: Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer related deaths in the US. We’ve started to see decreases in diagnosis due to screenings which is great because while this is the most common form of cancer, if we can catch it early it’s highly treatable. (There’s currently over 1M colon cancer survivors in the U.S.)

Q: When should you get screened?

A: Regular screenings should start at age 50 but you don’t have to wait until you’re 50 to talk to your physician about getting screened. If you’re experiencing symptoms or have any family history of the disease you should talk to your physician.

Q: What are signs or symptoms you should look for?

A: Symptoms include a change in your bowel habits, including diarrhea or constipation, Rectal bleeding or blood in your stool, persistent abdominal discomfort, such as cramps, gas, or pain, A feeling that your bowel doesn’t empty completely, weakness or fatigue, unexplained weight loss.

Q: Is there anything we can do to prevent it?

A: Keep a healthy weight (extra weight means extra risk), stay active by doing at least 30 mins of activity each day, limit your alcohol and don’t smoke. Basically keep a healthy lifestyle and get screened regularly.

This is a great addition to the UCHealth Broncos Fever Relief Tent which fans who attend home games are familiar with – located at the south end of the stadium by Sports Legends Mall. “Doctors” in the tent continue to diagnose and treat on-site.

While there is no cure for Broncos Fever, donning of team clothing, temporary tattoos,
permanent tattoos, face paints, body paints and generally anything in the colors
orange or blue can help ease the fever.

“We’re anticipating Broncos Fever to reach epidemic proportions this season, with much greater reach than anything we’ve seen before,” said Manny Rodriguez, UCHealth chief marketing and patient experience officer. “Our outreach to help diagnose this incurable condition also will enable us to engage fans in a way that will have a real impact on public health in Colorado, by encouraging them to seek regular annual health screenings for common cancers and conditions that when caught early have high rates of survival.”

For everything but Broncos Fever, UCHealth is a nonprofit health care system dedicated to improving lives through innovative medical care and real human connection.

This season, UCHealth will be distributing free take-home colorectal cancer screening
kits alongside the Broncos Fever Mobile Treatment Unit at select events, with on-site access to health care professionals and collateral offering additional information and resources. Although colorectal cancer is the third-most common cancer in both men and women in the United States, it is also one of the most curable if caught early. UCHealth seeks to raise awareness that more than half of all cases can be prevented through early detection with annual screenings.

Fans are encouraged to stay up-to-date by visiting, following UCHealth on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and ALWAYS hashtagging #BroncosFever.


About the author

Jessica Berry is a spokesperson for UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. She brings a rich mixture of military, political and journalistic experience to the position.

After graduating from the University of Colorado in 2000 with a degree in Communications, she traveled the country working in television news for stations in Texas, Montana, Alabama and Georgia.

Her travels brought her up close and personal with military issues post 9-11, and she found herself inspired to leave the world of television behind to enlist in the Air Force Reserve. She also worked for a state senator in Denver, a retired Air Force Colonel whose district covered a large portion of Colorado Springs, home to a sizeable military community. 

On July 2, 2008, Berry left the Air Force and was sworn-in as a Public Affairs Officer in the United States Navy Reserve. Ms. Berry has been a spokesperson for Nashville Navy Week, Denver Navy Week, L.A. Navy Week, Cincinnati Navy Week, Fargo Navy Week, Albuquerque Navy Week, Fleet Week New York, the USS New Mexico commissioning, and the 2009 Presidential Inauguration. In addition, she provided media training for more than 300 foreign and U.S. senior officers for the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.