Nursing home fights to get ALS patient to Super Bowl to see Broncos

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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- George Gallegos is supposed to be taking care of the residents at Brookside Inn Nursing home, not the other way around.

"Here, they call me Dr. George," Gallegos says with a smile.

But for the past several weeks, that is exactly what has happened after Gallegos was diagnosed with ALS.

"I think it was the 18th of November when I was diagnosed with ALS," Gallegos said. "Life is finite, but we are all now patients together."

Brookside Inn is a place where when you walk in, two things become evident: Residents love the Broncos and they love Gallegos.

"He's been an inspiration to me since I come here," a patient named Donna said.

"I wake up in the morning feeling miserable. ... I walk over to him, start talking to him and the feeling disappears," Maurice said about the psychologist.

That's why the residents, along with Gallegos' business partner Maureen, are hoping to send him to Super Bowl 50 to see the Broncos play the Carolina Panthers. They have already raised thousands of dollars and airline tickets have been donated.

"Who would have thought?" Gallegos said about the group's effort.

Gallegos said he is grateful for everyone who is participating -- and grateful for the Broncos' championship journey. After all, he says it's all about the journey.

"It is actually all about the ride, is it not? Every day, how can we enjoy the ride?" he said.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by the group.

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