Why I ride
Dear Family and Friends,
I hope that you are well and feeling that life as we knew it before the pandemic started is returning again in the ways you want it to return! It has been a long haul...
I had not planned to send an appeal letter out this year for the Courage Classic because I will only be riding one day... and last year I did say it was my last Hurrah with fundraising!! I meant what I said at the time... BUT... the pandemic continued and the "Raison d'etre" for my fundraising was to support the "Psyched to Climb" team... which is my team again this year... and this team is raising money for Pediatric Mental Health, which is more crucilal than ever, sadly, sadly, due to the pandemic. I was asked to please reach out as much as possible becasue tragically, the number one reason for visits to the Emergency Department at Children's Colorado this past year has been for mental health issues, suicidal ideation and suicide attempts by younger and younger children.
Something has to be done but Children's Hospital Colorado cannot do it alone. One of the best ways to deal with the problem is clearly to prevent it from happening in the first place. Children's has declared pediatric mental health as a state emergency in Colorado. Getting the word out to Colorado and the rest of the country is crucial, so that the partnerships Children is and has been developing with so many mental health organizations, agencies, health centers, schools, etc. are strengthened. Much of the fundraising will help with community outreach and education, not just residing in the hospital, becasue that is simply inadequate.
I know I said I was done with fundraising when I retired! But the problem is so great that I cannot just sit back. So here I am again. The RIde this year is just one day in person, and the rest on our own. I do not know if I will ride much on my own, but I hope I can count on a gift at any level from you for the one day I do ride in the mountains... July 17 is the day. I will still do the toughest part... which is Vail Pass, 17 miles straight up on the way back. I hope you will be able to consider supporting me again. I just made my own gift for the Ride and I hope you will do whatever you can. I will stop predicting what the future holds for my fundraising, but just say that my heart will always be with Children's Hospital Colorado as a magical place that cares deeply for kids all across the US and the globe, in fact. It remains a top ten pediatric health center with the highest levels of patient care, medical research, teaching of the next generation of healthcare providers, and advocacy for all kids. I am very proud of my continued affiliation with this stellar mission.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will be thrilled with any level of gift before July 16! Please follow the link to make your gift as soon as you can, if you can.
Love and hugs, always,