What is courage?
There are so many definitions of courage and examples of people living courageous lives, especially during these times. Victoria was born with hypoplastic left heart, and required a heart transplant when she was born. She did well, until she was about 17 years old, when she developed coronary artery disease. She needed a second heart transplant to continue living her life. After waiting over 2 years, Victoria received a second heart transplant in December of 2019, pre-pandemic. She has done well following the transplant, but she still needs follow up care. Care from Children's Hospital Colorado.
Kids still need our help! The hospital and clinics remain open, even during these troubled times. All of the great things that Children's Hospital Colorado has done in the past for kids, are still needed now. Especially now. But Children's needs money to continue to do their great work!
This year, the Courage Classic will be held virtually. I am going to ride my mountain bike (in real life) for my ride this year. It will still be a physical challenge, and during my ride, I will think of all of the challenges that Victoria has overcome in her life. That will keep me going!
Please consider donating to my ride, in support of the Heart Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado. Funds raised go to support families like Victoria's, in addition to supporting research and innovation, and advanced education and training,
When I think of the true meaning of the Courage Classic, I think of Victoria.