COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– Third-grader Sophia Melpakam wrote a letter and poem to the Broncos about her former teacher Kathy Douglas, who she calls her hero.
Douglas has been teaching for 32 years and currently teaches at Scott Elementary School.
Last year, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
The Broncos liked Sophia’s letter and poem about her teacher so much that they sent Douglas four tickets to Sunday’s game.
She’ll also be honored on the field as the Bronco’s Country Hero.
“Just seeing her it made me feel really sad, thinking I might lose her, and seeing her survive through it and seeing her never giving up, made me happy,” Sophia said in her poem.
“You know you never know if you are making an impact, on your kids or not, but you just keep going and going and going,” Douglas said. “She surprised me at the staff meeting, on Wednesday and read the letter, we were all crying, and it just feels so good to be loved by your kids” she said.
Douglas is healthy and currently cancer-free.
During halftime at Sunday’s game, the Broncos will honor more than 125 cancer survivors as part of the team’s “Fight Like A Bronco” campaign for national Breast Cancer Awareness Month.