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 3 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.
Not only do I ride for kids like Noah, but I ride for my Aunt Deliece. She was just 15 years old when she passed away in Children's Hospital from Leukemia. She passed in 1969 so unfortunately I never had the opportunity to meet her but she was such a beautiful person. She was so smart and a ballerina in the Nutcracker. My dad has always told me that the nurses and doctors at Children's Hospital gave their all to try and save her life which means so much to me, and always will. I want to raise money to help those nurses, doctors and therapists provide the best care possible to those children so that maybe their story doesn't have to end like my Aunt Deliece's did.