Hello Friends, Family and Colleagues,
COVID 19 is not stopping us! The Courage Classic bike tour is happening, in person, for one challenging day of riding the infamous "Copper Triangle". While the tour will not be the multi-day tour of years past, the cause is still exceptional.
For the 24th consecutive year (wow! I am getting older) I will ride my bicycle in the Courage Classic. This tour is not a race, even though there are a few crazy guys that ride like it is. I am riding with nearly 2000 other cyclists to benefit The Children’s Hospital of Colorado. This tour is a casual ride through some of the most scenic parts of the Colorado Mountains, where nobody keeps track of who crosses the finish line first or last. Instead, they keep track of who collects the most donations for this very worthy cause. What all this means to you is: I am begging you for money so that I can have the privilege of riding in this great event for the 24th consecutive year.
You are probably wondering, why should I care about this? I thought the same thing 24 years ago when a co-worker convinced me to check it out. I quickly realized that fundraisers like the Courage Classic set The Children’s hospital apart from other hospitals, which are driven mostly by insurance companies, where the staff is over worked, and the care is minimal at best. The money collected from the Courage Classic helps to provide special care for kids that need it. Especially when their families can’t afford it anymore and their health insurance has run out.
Children's Hospital of Colorado became important for our family 19 years ago, when my son Ryan, at 6 months old, was treated at Children’s for burns on his face and hands. While the scars of that traumatic day are barely noticeable now, we still remember how different the Children’s Hospital was from other places, and why.
On top of riding for the 24th year, I have joined the "Wheels Of Justice" team. This team allows me to combine the money we raise for Children's with other team members and direct it to specific areas of need. https://www.wheelsofjustice.com
As well as pedaling for Children's Hospital, we must peddle for donations. Before anybody can get the privilege of riding in this great event, each rider has to come up with a minimum amount of donations. If I collect more than I did last year, I get way cool prizes. (O.K. just more bicycle parts) So, skip going out to lunch for a day and cough up a twenty or two. Your donations are Tax Deductible.