By Kathy Walsh

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4)– The Denver Broncos may still be stinging from Sunday’s shutout loss, but the team rallied to make one man’s day extra special on Tuesday.

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A group of players visited the University of Colorado hospital. The four Broncos surprised a faithful fan who is going through a difficult time.

Denver Broncos players visit Eric Morton at University of Colorado Hospital (credit: CBS)

Less than a week ago, 33-year-old Eric Morton was shocked to learn he has leukemia.

Tuesday’s surprise visit took his mind off his troubles.

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“This is awesome,” Morton said as Broncos players Justin Simmons, Will Parks, Adam Gotsis and Shelby Harris shook hands with him.

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When the four players offered him a signed football and kind words of encouragement, it was better than anything the doctor could order.

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“It’s a ray of sunshine right now in a dark time,” said Morton.

Last Thursday, the Denver father of three was rushed to the University of Colorado hospital.

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He’d had cold symptoms that didn’t go away.

“I noticed the swelling in my lymph nodes had gone to my entire neck,” said Morton.

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He had acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), cancer of the blood that is common in children but rare in adults.

“It is a deadly disease if it is not treated,” explained Dr. Enkhtsetseg Purev, hematologist with the University of Colorado Hospital.

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“My whole world was turned upside down,” said Morton.

Over the next 30 days he will be treated with intense combination chemotherapy. He may need a bone marrow transplant.

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A visit from his heroes can’t change Morton’s diagnosis, but it’s a potent dose of support to help him face what lies ahead.

A GoFundMe page has been established for Morton.

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Kathy Walsh is CBS4’s Weekend Anchor and Health Specialist. She has been with CBS4 for more than 30 years. She is always open to story ideas. Follow Kathy on Twitter @WalshCBS4.