Year 32 and Counting
I am very excited to be able to ride with the Durango Derailers this year. While it is my second year with the team, our riding was done individually. While the team is mostly from Durango, there are members from other areas of Colorado. Yeah team!
Can you believe I started riding the Courage Classic for Children's Hospital 32 years ago and have ridden it ever since? I am so lucky to have participated in this ride for all these years. Obviously, the Courage Classic is a huge event in my life. Each year I look forward to the training and the ride itself. Yes, the next paragraph talks about Noah, one of the chlidren who has been the recipient of care from Children's Hospital, but I also feel myself a recipient of Children's Hospital care. That is because I have been able to take part in this ride and raise support for the hospital at the same time. Again I am totally looking forward to the training and the ride. WHAT FUN!!!
Why I ride
I am riding in the Courage Classic for kids like Noah. Noah was born with a congenital heart defect. Within his first few months of life, Noah’s treatment involved a hole being punctured in his heart and eventually open-heart surgery. Noah is now a healthy 13-year-old who rides in the Courage Classic thanks to the care he received at Children’s Colorado. His favorite day is not Christmas or even his birthday, but day 2 of the Courage Classic when he gets to hand out medals at the finish line.
Noah will not be the last child to face a life-threatening illness, and his family will not be the last to navigate a frightening diagnosis. The Courage Classic is both a personal challenge and an opportunity to support positive outcomes for kids and families who need Children's Colorado.