Now the Broncos offensive line has even more reason to put defenders on their backs.
For every pancake block the offensive line makes this season, Zane Beadles will donate $250 to Brent’s Place as part of his “Cakes for Cancer” program.
Beadles’ inspiration for the program came while playing at the University of Utah, when he met a 7-year-old boy named Ryker, who was stricken with Glioblastoma Multiforme cancer.
The Utes adopted Ryker as a member of the team, but about a year later, he lost his battle with cancer.
“I knew I wanted to do something with cancer and something with kids,” Beadles said. “I just looked around the area and found Brent’s Place. I learned about them and what they do and it seemed like a perfect fit. That’s how it kind of came about.”
Brent’s Place operates two hospital hospitality houses — one near Denver’s Presbyterian Saint Luke’s Hospital with six apartments primarily for adults with cancer and their families, and one adjacent to Aurora’s Anschutz Medical Campus with 16 apartments primarily for children with cancer and their families.
The new facility also includes social and activity spaces, a meeting room, commercial kitchen, library, exercise room, and an outdoor play space designed specifically for immune-compromised children.
“Specifically, the money raised by Zane will be used to provide specialized housing for pediatric cancer patients who have been required to temporarily relocate to Denver, along with their families, to receive life-saving medical treatments,” Brent’s Place Executive Director Sean Meyerhoffer said in a statement.
The program is important to Beadles, whose family has also been affected by cancer. He said the rest of the offensive line has taken up the cause, as well, allowing for a little extra excitement while watching tape.
“We have fun with it when we watch the film, just counting (the pancake blocks) up,” he said.
So far, the line has accumulated four pancake blocks through the first two games of the season.