Dream Foundation and The National Football League Surprise Terminally-Ill Fan with Super Bowl Tickets

Press Release | January 31, 2020

Terminally-ill Aurora, Colo. resident will attend Super Bowl with Brother in Final Dream Come True

Santa Barbara, Calif. — Aurora, Colo. resident Robert Kilpatrick is excited to be on his way to Miami, Fla. for Super Bowl LIV, thanks to Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults.

After receiving a terminal diagnosis and a six-month life expectancy late last year at the age of 48, Leslie Kantor, Robert’s social worker at Rocky Mountain Cancer Center in Aurora, suggested that Robert reach out to the Foundation that makes final Dreams come true.

Growing up, Robert loved sports. A naturally gifted athlete, he was never able to push his potential because his family moved around so much. “Most coaches would say that I had a lot of talent, but they couldn’t count on me to be there mid-way through the season,” Robert told Dream Foundation. Robert channeled his enthusiasm into collecting football, baseball and basketball cards and dreaming of going to the Super Bowl one day.

Thanks to Dream Foundation and the National Football Leagues’ generous donation, Robert will travel to Miami with his brother, Cory, courtesy of one of the organization’s Sustaining Corporate Partners, Southwest Airlines. The brothers will spend the weekend in Miami taking in every touchdown, tackle, and celebration.

Robert is excited to have his Dream come true, and was delighted to welcome Dream Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Kisa Heyer, Dream Foundation Director of Development, Lorna Boyd, and George Billings, a clinical oncology specialist with Dream Foundation’s Mission Partner, Genentech to his home on the 18th where they presented his game tickets, NFL Super Bowl Experience tickets, a special video from the Steelers, and a signed football. Robert has been a loyal fan of the Steelers his entire life, making these personalized gifts incredibly special.

Says Kisa Heyer, “Robert is so excited about going to the Super Bowl. His face lit up when he received the tickets, football and personalized video. We are so grateful to the Steelers and the National Football League for being a partner in Dreams. We could not have brought this to life without their generosity and kindness.”

About Dream Foundation
Dream Foundation, the only national dream-granting organization for terminally-ill adults, fulfills final Dreams that provide inspiration, comfort and closure at the end of life. With the support of a nationwide network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream Foundation has given life to more than 32,000 final Dreams over the last twenty-six years. Dream Foundation receives no state or federal funding—we rely solely on private donations. To support our mission please visit