This year, I will ride my eleventh Courage Classic, a two-day bike ride in Summit County that supports the Children’s Hospital Colorado. The ride is only one day this year because of COVID-19, but I will still ride three days on July 17-19 since the Courage Classic used to be three days. The first day is 80 miles over three passes, including Vail Pass, and a mountain. The second day is 84 miles, the longer option route for the normal second day of the Courage Classic. The third day is the same route that I created last year, which goes up Loveland Pass and Hoosier Pass (around 6,780 feet of elevation gain).
I ride the Courage Classic because my brother, Kyle, had Pompe Disease, a metabolic disease caused by a genetic mutation that prevents the cells from breaking down glycogen to glucose. He received excellent care at the hospital even though there was no cure for the disease. I ride on the Gene Team, so all the money that I raise goes to the genetics and metabolics department of the hospital to help with research to discover new cures and treatments and help families who cannot afford treatment.
Last year, I was one of the top 50 fundraisers, but there were not as many people fundraising because of the pandemic. This year, my goal is to be in the top 100, so I will probably need to raise at least $4000. So far, my brother and I have raised a little over $5000 going door to door, and we will split that money. Could you please donate to my ride to support the Children’s Hospital Colorado? You can visit my Courage Classic page by clicking this link: http://support.childrenscoloradofoundation.org/goto/kianafan2021. To donate, you can click the green “Donate Now” button on the right side of the page.