Riding in the Courage Classic means the world to me and my family.
On July 4th, 15 years ago, my wife and I welcomed our first child into the world, Piper. We knew our lives were getting ready to change but we had no idea what additional stress we were facing. Several hours after Piper was born, the doctor was puzzled why she was still "blue" and not receiving enough oxygen. After some deliberation, he wisely chose to call the Children's Hospital in Denver for further guidance. The doctors suggested we have her transported to Children's for further evaluation. Soon after we arrived the doctor performed an scan on her heart. Afterwards he sat us down for the news. She was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA) and several large VSDs. It would require open heart surgery days after she was born and if she didn't have the surgery, she would not survive.
Needless to say, we all went through the surgery together and after several months of intense emotions, we were able to finally hold our daughter for the first time and eventually take her home. Now she is healthy girl with no further treatment needed.
We credit our faith in the Lord getting us through and the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff at Children's and specifically the Heart Institute.
We want others to have the same wonderful treatment, facilities and staff that we had throughout our time there. This is why is it so important to our family and everyone that has utilized or will utilize Children's.
This is why I ride, for my kids and others that are still there or will be coming at some point.
I would be so humbled if you would consider donating to my ride and more importantly giving to such a wonderful place.